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E. Jon deRevere, Conductor and Educator

E. Jon deRevere is known in many areas of the world for his conducting activities. He has been guest conductor for the Leningrad Symphony (Russia), the Debrecen Philharmonic (Hungary), Greater Miami Philharmonic Orchestra, the Manhattan Symphony, the Myslivicek Chamber Orchestra (Czech Republic), the North Yorkshire Chamber Orchestra (England), the Cliff Keuter Dance Company Orchestra, the St. Cecilia Brass Choir of Rome, the Ronnebydraget Concert Band (Sweden), the Peabody Sinfonia and for choral and instrumental performances, throughout North America, Europe, South America and Israel. He has conducted choral and instrumental ensembles from 25 countries.

deRevere has conducted performances at Avery Fisher, Carnegie and Town Halls in New York and has trained choirs for William Steinberg, Eve Queler, Hugh Ross and Lukas Foss for performances in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and Mexican conductor Enrique Batiz for performances in Carnegie Hall, Toluca & Mexico City with the State of Mexico Symphony.

For several years deRevere was the conductor for WNBC-TV Christmas Specials with Metropolitan Opera artists, Robert Merrill, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Kathleen Battle. He has conducted Brahms's Ein Deutsches Requiem and Honegger's oratorio Le Roi David  at Carnegie Hall, with noted American actor José Ferrer as narrator, and Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony and a Salute to Broadway at New York's Lincoln Center.


He recently conducted a performance of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture with musicians from 12 countries at the Harrogate International Music Festival in England; Holst's The Planets with combined orchestras from Norway, England and the USA at the West Sussex International Music Festival and choirs from Russia, Estonia, Norway and the USA in a selection of Opera Choruses at the Shrewsbury International Music Festival in England. In Debrecen, Hungary, he conducted Poulenc's Gloria and Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms at the Opening Gala Concert of the Bela Bartok International Choral Competition. The forces for this concert, which was televised on Hungary's Channel 2, were the Debrecen Philharmonic, the famed Kodaly Chorus and Budapest opera soprano, Anikó Kóródi. In March of 1996, deRevere returned to Hungary to conduct the Debrecen Philharmonic and the Kodaly Chorus in a program which included Ramirez's Missa Criolla and Schubert's Symphony No. 9 in C (The Great). In Rome, he conducted a special performance for Pope John Paul II which was broadcast throughout the Vatican and on Italian TV. He also conducted Gabrieli’s Jubilate Deo for the Opening of the 1974 Holy Year Celebrations in St. Peter’s Basilica.


In July 1994, deRevere conducted singers from the USA and England and the Cleveland Youth Orchestra for performances of the Duruflé Requiem in Chartres and Orleans Cathedrals, as part of the Allied Salute to the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Liberation of France. Yves Bastide, reviewer for the Chartres Echo Republican wrote The Durufle' Requiem achieved a smoothly flowing musical direction by E. Jon deRevere, which touched and expressed without harshness. All the piece’s greatest points were musically achieved. In June of 1996, deRevere conducted singers from the USA in performances of Puccini's Messa di Gloria in Greece.

deRevere served as music director and conductor for the “ABC Choral Art Series” of recordings produced by the American Book Company. He has taught conducting at New York University in New York City, the Manhattan School of Music and The Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. He has served as the Artistic Director and international guest conductor for the Harrogate, Shrewsbury, West Sussex & Bristol International Music Festivals in England and the Graz International Music Festival in Austria. This year he will make his 298th tour abroad.

In September of 1980, The deRevere Singers, a 16-voice professional ensemble, made its New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall. Two reviews by New York Times critics were titled Chorus fills Carnegie with refreshing sound and Sassy singing from deRevere. Barton Wimble, NY Daily News, wrote The deRevere Singers should enjoy a good span of life with their imaginative programs and musical savvy. In a critique of deRevere's conducting, Maestro Lukas Foss stated deRevere is an excellent conductor, energetic, clear, and musical. And he has the quality which is so essential in today's orchestral situation - efficiency. He can make things work musically. A review of his concert with the Leningrad Philharmonic, a critic in the newspaper Smena commented deRevere conducted with power and his musicality was evident in every gesture. His interpretation of the Tchaikovsky 'Violin Concerto in d minor', with Tchaikovsky competition winner Arkadi Gudnikov, showed great understanding and feeling. Bert Wechsler of the New York Daily News, in reviewing Honegger's King David at Carnegie Hall stated, Conductor E. Jon deRevere knew what he wanted in his music. Solo instrumental passages were inspiring.


deRevere served as the conductor for the Choral Society of the Hamptons, the MasterSingers of Greater Stamford and currently, the New York University Choral Alumni Club and The Woodbridge Community Chorus (NJ). He served as guest conductor of the NY Oratorio Society for special performances at the 1964 NY Worlds Fair and in 1962, he led the NYU Goliards on a two-month USO tour of US Army & Air Force bases in France & Germany. He also served as conductor for a Generation Records national recording of Fifty Stars and Keep it in the family for noted composer Cy Coleman.

Prof. deRevere has conducted All State choirs in New York, New Jersey, Tennessee and Florida and served as President of the NY Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and the NY State Choral Director’s Guild. He has served as an adjudicator for choral and instrumental ensembles in Bermuda, Colombia, Denmark, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Jamaica, the United Kingdom and throughout Canada & the USA.

deRevere was the Director of Choral Activities, Artist-in-Residence and an Associate Professor of Music and Music Education at New York University in New York City for 26 years and is the editor of the deRevere Singers Choral Series. He served as director of World Stage Concerts and ConcertWorld, with offices in the US and England and was the resident conductor of the Triton Recording Company in New York City for many years.

 

 

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