Conductor and educator Jason Vodicka is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Westminster Choir College where he teaches undergraduate courses in music education, mentors student teachers, and teaches summer courses in conducting and choral pedagogy for in-service teachers and professional musicians. He is also music director of the Harrisburg Choral Society and Orchestra, a community ensemble founded in 1895.
Prior to his appointment at Westminster, Dr. Vodicka was Coordinator of Music Education at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa. There he taught undergraduate courses in music education, conducted the University Chorale and founded the Susquehanna University High School Choral Institute, now in its fifth year.
For nine years, Dr. Vodicka was a vocal music instructor at Pennsbury High School in Lower Bucks County, Pennsylvania. During his tenure, the Pennsbury choirs performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, toured internationally on four occasions, and were invited to sing at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Annual Conference and the American Choral Directors Association Eastern Division Conference in Philadelphia.
Dr. Vodicka holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in music education from Westminster Choir College and a doctorate in conducting from the University of Georgia. He is a 2017 inductee into the Westminster Music Education Hall of Fame.
Dr. Vodicka is in frequent demand as a clinician and has conducted PMEA District and Regional choruses, the Dauphin County Music Educators Association Honors Chorus, the Central Dauphin Honors Chorus, the West Shore High School Honors Chorus, and the ACDA-PA endorsed “Vocal Thunder” workshop for young male singers. He has presented research and professional development sessions at state, regional, and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education, and for school districts across the northeast.
Dr. Vodicka has contributed to the books Planning Instruction in Music by Frank Abrahams and Ryan John, the Oxford Handbook of Choral Pedagogy, and James Jordan’s Inside the Choral Rehearsal: A Harmonically Based Application of the Music Learning Theory of Edwin Gordon. His teaching guide for Eric Whitacre’s “Lux Aurumque” incorporates Group Vocal Technique, Music Learning Theory, and Critical Pedagogy, and is currently available from GIA Publications.