Jay BeVille holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Music in vocal performance from Boston University. He studied under L. Wayne Batty, Wilma Thompson, and John Bullock as well as coaching with Genevieve McGiffert. Mr. BeVille has been a soloist in the Richmond area for many years. He appeared as a soloist with the Richmond Symphony under the baton of George Manahan and has performed with other well-known conductors, such as Thomas Dunn and Dale Warland. His opera and oratorio credits include La Traviata, Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Fledermaus, Tartuffe, The Consul, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Elijah, Judas Maccabaeus, The Messiah and many others.
His teaching career spans 39 years and he is currently retired from Hanover County Public Schools, where he last served as Performing Arts Specialist for the school division. Since 2002, BeVille has led the Williamsburg Choral Guild as artistic director and conductor in over 30 performances of full-length masterworks, and numerous other choral selections representing a wide array of choral literature. He oversaw the creation of the Williamsburg Youth Chorale in 2011, which regularly performs with the Williamsburg Women’s Chorus and Williamsburg Choral Guild.
In September 2009, Mr. BeVille prepared the Children’s Chorus in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana for the Richmond Symphony Orchestra season premier, performed at the Carpenter Theater at Richmond CenterStage.
BeVille has joined the voice faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University as adjunct professor teaching private voice and he previously served as director of the Choral Arts Society. He also has been adjunct faculty for Old Dominion University and Randolph Macon College. He maintains a private teaching studio and is an active clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor.