Deborah Devore is the Director of the Kent State University Women’s Chorus and Assistant Professor of Music Education. She supervises student teachers, teaches instrumental music majors and assists with the online Master of Music Education program. She received her Ph.D. and M.M. degrees in Music Education from Kent State University, and holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree and Bachelor of Flute Performance degree from West Virginia University-Morgantown. She is a certified Yoga for Classrooms instructor and has a special interest in incorporating yoga and mindfulness into her rehearsals and classes.
A seasoned music educator, Dr. Devore taught for thirty-seven years in Ohio, including instrumental music for six years in the Geneva Area City School District, and the remaining years of her public school career as Director of Choirs and Assistant Director of Bands at Revere High School in Richfield, Ohio. During her tenure at Revere High School, the Symphonic Choir and Women’s Choir earned numerous superior ratings at OMEA district and state large group adjudicated events. The Symphonic Choir earned superior ratings in out-of-state competitions as well.
An active clinician and guest conductor, Dr. Devore is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the Ohio Music Education Association, and serves as an adjudicator for District and State Large Group Events as well as Solo and Ensemble Events. She will be presenting a clinic session on “Retirement as Reinvention” at the 2018 OMEA Professional Development Conference in Columbus, Ohio.
Dr. Devore and her husband Richard were selected by the Kosciusko Foundation to travel to Poland in the summer of 2107 and teach high school choral music in the “Teaching English in Poland” arts immersion program in Otwock, Poland.