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PARKERSBURG — A Choral Master Class with Brandon Moss, a new event at the Smoot Theater, will take place from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the theater.

Masterclass participants will be Smoot Theater’s three vocal ensembles: The Smoot Theater Children’s Chorus under the direction of Barbara Full and accompanist Marsha Parsons; The Smoot Theater Boys Ensemble under the direction of Janet Blessing; and the Smoot Theater Girls Ensemble under the direction of Cathy Martin.

Each ensemble will present two musical selections, after which Moss will assist each group with performance suggestions and advice on ways to improve their performance and by teaching the groups basic choral techniques.

The public is invited to this free event at the Smoot Theater where Felice Jorgeson is Artistic Director. The accompanist will be Jane Irvine.

Moss, a Wood County native, is director of vocal music at Upper Arlington High School in Columbus. Previously, he served for many years as director of choirs at Central Crossing High School in Grove City, where he directed the award-winning choir and four other choral ensembles.

In his 17th year of teaching, he previously taught choir grades 5-12 at local schools in Westfall, local schools in Three Rivers and schools in Dover City.

Moss is also director of music and chalice choir at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus where he served for nearly 12 years. An active conductor, arbiter, and clinician, he has conducted, conducted, and worked with several other community, school, and church choirs in central Ohio, including the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus, The Magpie Consort, and the Clintonville Community Choir.

He is the past president of the Ohio Choral Directors Association and was president of District 15 of the Ohio Music Education Association and president of the All-State Choir in 2013 and 2018. As a performer, he often sings as as tenor soloist and backing vocalist in central Ohio. .

Moss holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in orchestral conducting from The Ohio State University, an MA from Ohio State and Drexel University, and a bachelor’s degree in music education from Otterbein University. .

Moss is a product of Wood County Schools, having attended Vienna Elementary School, Jackson Junior High School, and Parkersburg High School. While a student at Jackson Junior High School, he sang under the direction of Janet Blessing and was a member of both the Jackson Junior High School Concert Choir and the Chorale, both of which were named State Honor Ensembles. by the West Virginia State Music Educators Association. .

While in Parkersburg High School, Moss was a member of the Chamber Choir and the A Cappella Choir conducted by Cathy Martin for three years. He was selected for three years for the West Virginia All-State Chamber Choir and sang for three years in the MENC All-State Chorus.




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