Dr. Christopher J. Venesile is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at Kent State University where he teaches several undergraduate and graduate courses. He has previously taught at Youngstown State University and Cuyahoga Community College-Cleveland campus, and has over twenty years of public school teaching experience. He holds the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education degree from Case Western Reserve University (2010), a Masters of Music in Choral Studies from Cleveland State University, and a Bachelor of Music Education from The Ohio State University. As a choral director at North Olmsted High School (OH), he has directed four choirs, and taught AP Music Theory.
As a researcher, Dr. Venesile has presented research at OMEA conferences (2005, 2010, 2012) and is presenting research at the 2011 Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE)conference at UNC Greensboro and the 2012 Jazz Education Network (JEN) conference in Louisville, KY. He has published articles for the TRIAD, the official publication of the OMEA and the Ohio Choral Directors Association Newsletter.
Dr. Venesile serves as the current Repertoire and Standards Chair for Vocal Jazz for the OCDA. His vocal jazz ensemble at North Olmsted High School (Ohio), Special Edition, has been recognized nationally for their performance excellence, having performed at four OMEA State Professional Conferences, The International Association For Jazz Education (IAJE) conference, and has earned DOWNBEAT magazine Student Awards. Dr. Venesile is a frequent vocal jazz adjudicator/clinician at several college and universities throughout the Midwest. He is a member of MENC, ACDA, The College Music Society, and The Jazz Education Network.