Delvyn Case is active as a composer, conductor, scholar, performer and educator based in Boston area.
His music has been performed by over 60 orchestras from Alaska to Florida, including the National Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, and San Antonio Symphony. Other performers of his music have included the Grammy-winning quintet Chestnut Brass Company, the US Coast Guard Band, the Dallas Wind Symphony, mezzo-soprano D'Anna Fortunato, and Grammy-nominated pianist Charles Abramovic, The New York Virtuoso Singers, Rome's Freon Ensemble, the Hermitage Trio, and Ibis Camerata. His music has been heard at the Kennedy Center and on NPR's "Performance Today".
As a composer, he has received honors and fellowships from numerous organizations, including BMI, The Society of Composers, The MacDowell Colony, The New York Virtuoso Singers, The Atlantic Center for the Arts, The Composers Conference at Wellesley, the Orvis Foundation, The Chicago Ensemble, Audio Inversions, Sounds New, the National Association ofComposers, and The College Music Society, among others. He is a former member of Boston's infamous composers' collective Composers in Red Sneakers.
Recent projects include two extensive educational outreach pieces for narrator and chamber ensemble, commissioned by the Portland Symphony Orchestra, which have been performed for thousands of children from Maine to California; a song cycle based on spiritual poems by Rilke; and a piano trio inspired by the Biblical book of Job. His current project is a new piece for the Ariel Quartet.
He is the composer of The Prioress's Tale, a 75-minute chamber opera inspired by Chaucer, whose January 2008 premiere garnered feature articles in the Boston Globe and the South Shore Patriot Ledger. A parable about the power of forgiveness to heal the wounds of religious intolerance, the production tours throughout New England each winter, supported by institutions wishing to explore issues of interfaith dialogue and peace-making in a unique way. His article about the project, " Punk Opera as Spiritual Vocation" was published in journal The Sacred in Opera, published by the National Opera Association.
He is a conductor who has directed a wide variety of ensembles at all levels. He is the founder of the Quincy Bay Chamber Orchestra, a professional ensemble that exclusively presents educational and outreach concerts in the Quincy, Massachusetts. For six years he served as Music Director of the Eastern Nazarene College Choral Union, a 75-voice college-community choir that under his baton presented performances of the Requiems of Brahms and Mozart, Haydn's Creation, Handel's Messiah, and Honegger's King David. He is also the former director of the 80-member Eastern Nazarene College Gospel Choir, which under his direction performed in front of thousands at major professional events at Boston≠s Bank of America Pavilion and Hynes Convention Center. He studied conducting with David Hayes at the Curtis Institute of Music, LanFranco Marcelletti at the Yale School of Music, and with John Finney of Boston's Handel & Haydn Society. Current he conducts the Great Woods Symphony Orchestra at Wheaton College, which he has led in concerts featuring a distinctively multicultural repertoire, including collaborations with Daniel Bernard Roumain, DJ Spooky, and numerous Boston-based soloists.
Delvyn Case is the co-founder and pianist for the avant-garde improvisation ensemble the meltdown incentive, which explores the complex relationships between text, music, and sound in edgy, thought-provoking, and and often humorous new ways. The Melts have performed at the American Repertory Theatre's Oberon Theater, The New School of Music in Cambridge, the Longy School of Music, Northeastern University, Andover-Newton Theological School, and Wheaton College.
Dr. Case also maintains an active career as a scholar, with primary interests in popular music and the relationship between music and religion. He has co-authored several articles for the interdisciplinary journal Books & Culture, and has given presentations at national conferences of The College Music Society and the American Academy of Religion. In 2004 he presented his research on the rhythmic structure of hip-hop as a fellow at the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M University. He has also presented numerous papers at the regional conferences of the College Music Society dealing with a wide range of topics, from the ethics of music education to the pedagogy of songwriting. He has also spoken at events sponsored by Harvard Divinity School, Andover-Newton Theological School, The Association of Independent Schools-New England, and Project: Think Different.
Delvyn Case studied music at Yale College (B.A. summa cum laude in music ), where he conducted the famous Bach Society and was one of the few undergraduates to ever study composition at the graduate-only Yale School of Music. He was awarded a William Penn Fellowship for graduate study at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 4 years with a Ph.D. in Music Composition. His teachers have included Steven Mackey, David Rakowski, Elliott Schwartz, Sebastian Currier, James Primosch, Jay Reise, Ezra Laderman, David Lang, Anthony Davis, and Martin Bresnick. He has served as Visiting Faculty in the Department of Composition and Theory at the Longy School of Music, and is a past faculty member at Boston College, Northeastern University, and Eastern Nazarene College (Quincy, Mass.) He is currently Associate Professor of Music at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.