As one of our music faculty at FAA, Dr. Christopher J. Venesile’s background in music education serves as a great fit for private voice lessons! More specifically, those who are interested in jazz and contemporary singing, as well as traditional singing.
An Associate Professor of Music Education at Kent State University, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral music education. He also coordinates the 100% Online Master of Music in Music Education (MME) degree program and directs the Nova Jazz Singers.
Dr. Venesile earned degrees from The Ohio State University (Bachelor’s degree in Music Education), Cleveland State University (Master’s degree in Music), and obtained his Ph D. from Case Western Reserve University. His 30+ years of teaching experience include the Northeast Ohio public schools, Cuyahoga Community College, and Youngstown State University before arriving at Kent State in 2011.
As Coordinator of the largest online graduate music degree in the country, Dr. Venesile hires and assigns full-time and adjunct faculty to 10 different courses in the curriculum, reviews and processes applications to the program, works closely with the instructional design staff in the office of Distance and Continuing Education, music education division, and the administrative team dedicated to the program. In 2019, the Kent State Online MME graduated its’ 600th student.
As a vocal and choral musician, Dr. Venesile has taught private voice, directed high school choral music programs, and is a frequent clinician throughout the region. He has been the Jazz Standards and Repertoire Chair for Jazz for the Ohio chapter of the American Choral Directors Association over the last 15 years, and is a staff adjudicator for Festivals of Music, Inc. Dr. Venesile’s unique combination of skills in traditional and contemporary music have prompted several research interests, including teacher education, online music graduate learning, educational policy-making, and vocal jazz education. He has presented research at state, national, and international music education organization conferences. In addition to research, ensembles under Dr. Venesile’s direction have performed at state and national conferences, including the Ohio Music Education State Professional Conference 6 times, including the upcoming 2020 Cincinnati conference with the Nova Jazz Singers.
Dr. Venesile serves as Director of Music at West Park United Church of Christ in the revitalized West Park neighborhood of Cleveland. There, he conducts the Chancel Choir and plays organ and piano. In his spare time, Dr. Venesile is an avid golfer, Cleveland sports fan, and enjoys spending time with his wife, Suzanne.