Paul Robert Chenevey
73 Ferris Road
New Wilmington, PA 16142
Telephone: (724) 946-2883 Home (724) 944-4814 Cell
Married to Sandra Helmacy of Sparta, New Jersey
Two children: Catherine Anne, and Stephen Michael
B.M.E. Baldwin-Wallace College, (Viola, Music Education)
M.M. Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, (Viola performance, Music Literature)
D.M.A. College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati, (Orchestral Conducting)
The Introduction as an Integral Part of The Viennese Classical Symphony; Its Function, Form, Construction, and Performance
The Finale of the Jupiter Symphony; Its Roots in the Music of Joseph and Michael Haydn
Additional undergraduate and graduate study:
Ithaca College, University of Colorado, Eastman School of Music, and at leading European Conservatories including those at Vienna, Salzburg, and Edinburgh.
Conducting study with:
Thomas Schippers, Richard Lert, Louis Lane, Paul White, Frederick Fennell, John Lehman.
Master Classes with:
James Levine, Aaron Copland, Howard Hanson, Roy Harris, Robert Sadin.
Opera Coaching with:
Lucine Amara and Bobbi Tillander.
Viola study with:
Francis Tursi, William Primrose, Abraham Skernick, Milton Preeves, and George Poinar
Chair, Department of Music, Westminster College, 1987-1994.
Responsible for: Faculty recruitment, student recruitment scholarships, budgets, course scheduling, curriculum development, development of music library and electronic resources center, evaluation of faculty, evaluation of students including sophomore hearings, junior and senior recitals. Coordinator of Programming and recitals.
During seven years as Chair I doubled the size of the student body and increased offerings to non-majors from three courses per year to ten courses per year. Enrollment by non-majors in private and class lessons increased in a similar fashion. Part-time studio faculty also increased from six to seventeen.
I successfully took the department through the NASM reaccreditation process resulting in the renewal of our membership. The department became a Sustaining Member of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.
Under my leadership the department became computerized and an electronic music studio was established. New performing organizations -- Marching Band, Opera Workshop, Gospel Choir, Show Choir and Piano Ensemble joined the already established concert band, choirs, orchestra, and handbell choir. Adult programs were instituted and the pre-college division was strengthened.
The establishment and teaching of a twice weekly departmental master class was one of my most important innovations as Chair. This class functions not only as a traditional master class but also serves as a seminar discussing the physical and psychological aspects of performance in the real world of the 1990's. The students are given the opportunity to comment about the performers thus gaining practical experience in the teaching process.
As Chair of the Liberal Arts Forum Committee for six years, I developed the philosophy and the practical application of the Performing Arts Program at Westminster together with the Assistant Dean. This resulted in a large scale Celebrity Series, a Chamber Music Series and a Foreign Film Series. Subsequently, these offerings became so popular that a full-time Director of Performing Arts was hired by the college.
I was appointed by the President of the college to the President's Advisory Committee for three one-year terms and have been an elected member of many faculty committees.
Associate Professor of Music, Westminster College, present.
Tenure position with promotion from Instructor and Assistant Professor.
Conductor and Music Director of the Westminster Orchestra.
Chamber music coaching.
Studio violin and viola.
Courses taught: Music History I and II, Advanced Music History Seminars (20th Century Music, American Music, 18th Century Classicists), Opera, Conducting, Orchestration, Theory, Music Education, String Methods, Introduction to Music and Quest (a four term integrated Humanities course).
Faculty, Sessione Senesi per Musica e l'Arte, Siena, Italy,
Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Cincinnati.
Part-Time Instructor of Viola and String Methods, Youngstown State University.
Wisconsin College of Music, Violin and Viola.
Milwaukee and Wauwatosa (Wisconsin) Public Schools,.
Director of String and Orchestral Workshops.
Teacher of five travel seminars:
The Viennese Classicists (Vienna, Salzburg, Prague,Budapest) (twice).
The Culture of China.
Music and Arts of the Soviet Union (Russia, Georgia,Uzbekastan) (twice).
Music Director and Conductor, Westminster Orchestra.
Music Director and Conductor, Greenville Symphony Orchestra, 1985-present.
Soloists including Loren Hollander, Lucine Amara, and John Walker
Numerous première performances
Music Director and Conductor, Butler (Pa.) Symphony Orchestra, 7 seasons.
Soloists including Lorin Hollander, John Browning, Lucine Amara, Angel Romero, Delphin and Romaine
Conductor, Pittsburgh Chamber Opera, 1980 and 1986
Conductor, Contemporary Music Ensemble, University of Cincinnati,
Assistant Conductor, Concert Orchestra, University of Cincinnati,
Conductor, SSMA in Florence, Siena and Arezzo, Italy Guest Conductor and adjudicator of selected Orchestra and Choirs
Viola soloist and chamber music performer throughout the United States and Italy
Violist, Dana String Quartet (Youngstown State University Faculty Quartet), 3 years.
Principal Violist, Youngstown Symphony Orchestra,8 seasons
Violist, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, 3 seasons
Violist, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, 1 season
Violist, Mercer County Historical Players (1996-)
Densities No. 2 for Orchestra
Numerous electronic compositions
Contemporary Metric Patterns for Conducting Technique
Present or Past Member of:
American Symphony Orchestra League
American Musicological Society
American String Teachers Association
Pennsylvania Collegiate Orchestra Directors Association
Viola Research Society
Life member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, professional music fraternity, Province Governor, 5 year term
Founder, Xi Psi Chapter at Westminster College
Pi Kappa Lambda -- national music honorary
Music Educators National Conference
Pennsylvania Music Educators Association
Pennsylvania Association of Orchestras
Jefferson Society of Western Pennsylvania (Founding Member)
Berks County (Pa) Genealogy Society
National School Orchestra Association
President, Society for Pennsylvania Archeology, Chapter 22
Recipient of Grants from:
J.S. Mack Foundation
Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts
Westminster College Faculty Research Fund
"Who's Who in the East"
"Who's Who in Entertainment"
Non Musical Interests:
Lecturer on "Native American Arts and Crafts"
Research in the field of Eastern European Cultures
Genealogy - with research both in Europe and the United States