Delvyn Case is a composer, conductor, scholar, performer, concert producer, and educator based in the Boston area.
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 of Composers, and The College Music Society, among others. He is a former member of Boston's infamous composers' collective Composers in Red Sneakers. His concert music has been performed by the Borromeo Quartet, Hermitage Trio, Grammy-winning quintet Chestnut Brass Company, The New York Virtuoso Singers, Grammy-nominated pianist Charles Abramovic, mezzo-soprano D'Anna Fortunato, Rome's Freon Ensemble, and Ibis Camerata, among many others. His music has been heard at the Kennedy Center and on NPR's "Performance Today",and has been released on Ablaze Records, Gesher Records, and Navona Records. His full full-length CD, Strange Energy, features sacred concert works performed by Firebird Ensemble, Triton Brass Quintet, and numerous Boston-based soloists. It has been released on Deus Ex Musica Records, which he founded in 2018.
Delvyn Case is the composer of The Prioress's Tale, a 75-minute chamber opera inspired by Chaucer, whose January 2008 premiere garnered a feature article in the Boston Globe. A parable about the power of forgiveness to heal the wounds of religious intolerance, the production toured throughout New England for three seasons, supported by institutions wishing to explore issues of interfaith dialogue and peace-making in a unique way. Presenting institutions included the Yale Institute for Sacred Music, Longy School of Music, Andover-Newton Theological School, Hebrew College, and numerous churches and synagogues. His article about the project, " Punk Opera as Spiritual Vocation" appeared in the journal The Sacred in Opera, published by the National Opera Association.
His original orchestral overture Rocket Sleigh has become the most popular new addition to the orchestral holiday pops repertoire, having been performed hundreds of times by over 70 orchestras in the US, UK, Canada, and Europe, including by the National Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Louisville Orchestra, Zagreb Philharmonic, and Philharmonie Sudwestfalen. The band version has been performed by the US Coast Guard Band, the Dallas Wind Symphony, and many university ensembles across the US. It was recently released on the CD "Dashing: Sounds of the Season" on Navona Records. In 2019 the Canadian Brass will premiere the new concertante version for quintet and orchestra.
His two educational outreach pieces for narrator and chamber ensemble, originally commissioned by the Portland Symphony Orchestra, have been performed for over 10,000 children from Maine to California, including by the Long Beach Symphony, Cassatt Quartet, Palaver Strings, Aurea Ensemble, Fenway Brass Quintet, and Epic Brass. In 2018 it was performed in Australia as part of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s outreach program.
As a concert producer, he has presented over 100 free- and low-cost concerts in his hometown of Quincy Massachusetts, as well as many outreach events in collaboration with the Quincy Public Schools, Thomas Crane Public Library, Quincy Council on Aging, Quincy Historical Society, and the Mayor's Office. Along with the Omer Quartet, he received a 2017 "Free For All" grant from The Boston Foundation to present outreach concerts at a homeless shelter, rehab clinic, and community center in the city of Quincy. In 2011 he was the recipient of a "40 Under 40 Award" from Stars, Inc, recognizing his status as a community leader on Boston's South Shore.
Delvyn Case is a conductor who has directed a wide variety of ensembles at all levels. Currently he conducts the Great Woods Symphony Orchestra at Wheaton College, which he has led in concerts featuring a distinctively multicultural repertoire, including collaborations with hip-hop violinist/composer Daniel Bernard Roumain, DJ Spooky, and soloists such as Richard and Mika Stoltzman (May 2019), Achilles Liarmakopoulos (Canadian Brass), and Victor Romanul (Boston Symphony.) He is also the co-founder and conductor of Seven Seasons, a new music ensemble based in Portland, Maine, and the Quincy Bay Chamber Orchestra, a professional ensemble that dedicated to performing outreach concerts in the Quincy, Massachusetts area. Also an experienced choral director, Delvyn Case served for six years as Music Director of the Eastern Nazarene College Choral Union, a 75-voice college-community choir that presented performances of the Requiems of Brahms and Mozart, Haydn's Creation, Handel's Messiah, Honegger's King David, and sacred music by Duke Ellington (along with the acclaimed Aardvark Jazz Orchestra.) He is also the founder of the Quincy Summer Singers, a multicultural and multigenerational community choir that performs music from around the world. Four three years he directed 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.
He 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 written articles for the interdisciplinary journal Books & Culture and for ThinkChristian.org, and has given presentations at the national conference of the American Academy of Religion and at conferences and events sponsored by Harvard Divinity School, the Association for Theopoetics Research and Exploration, Andover-Newton Theological School, the Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies, and many churches.
In 2018 he founded Deus Ex Musica, an ecumenical organization that promotes the use of sacred music as a resource for learning, spiritual growth, and discipleship within the Christian church. DEM includes a recording label, performing ensemble, commissioning project, and podcast.
He has presented numerous papers at the national and 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 given presentations at the national conference of the College Orchestra Directors Association on diversity in orchestral programming. 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.
Delvyn Case studied music at Yale College (B.A. summa cum laude in music), where he conducted the famous Yale 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, completing his Ph.D. in Musical Composition at the age of 26. His teachers 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, where he teaches courses in composition, theory, songwriting, and popular music, and conducts the Great Woods Symphony Orchestra.