Chris Venesile

Christopher J. Venesile has been a choral director and vocal jazz educator for 26 years, the last 22 at North Olmsted High School, North Olmsted, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. He has also directed vocal jazz at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) Metro-Cleveland Campus in the Jazz Studies Department.

Mr. Venesile has been a clinician for the International Association For Jazz Education (IAJE) Teacher -Training Institute, The Ohio Vocal Summit, Ft. Wayne (IN) Vocal Jazz Festival, and has produced clinics for several school systems and colleges. He is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the “Heartland Vocal Camp,” a summer multi-day workshop for jazz and a cappella singers and teachers at Tiffin University, Ohio since 2000.

The “Special Edition,” Vocal Jazz Ensemble from North Olmsted, under Mr. Venesile’s direction, has performed four times at the Ohio Music Education Association State Professional Conference, at the IAJE International Conference in Long Beach CA, and has earned a DOWNBEAT magazine award as the “Outstanding HS Vocal Jazz Choir.”  They have also twice been featured on the Best Of High School A Cappella compilation CD.  Mr. Venesile holds degrees from The Ohio State University, Cleveland State University, and by the time camp begins will have earned the Ph. D. in Music Education from Case Western Reserve University.  His dissertation, “Sources of Pedagogical Content Knowledge by Vocal Jazz Educators” is being published in 2010.


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