Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


Delvyn Case

Delvyn Case

Associate Professor of Music and Music Director of The Great Woods Chamber Orchestra

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Musical Composition, 2001
B.A. summa cum laude, Yale College, Music, 1997

Main Interests

Delvyn Case is active as a composer, conductor, scholar, performer and educator. Before coming to Wheaton in 2010, he served as Visiting Faculty in the Department of Composition and Theory at the Longy School of Music. He is a past faculty member at Boston College, Northeastern University, and Eastern Nazarene College (Quincy, Mass.)

Delvyn Case's music has been performed by over 40 orchestras from Alaska to Florida, including the National Symphony Orchestra, the 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, Grammy-nominated pianist Charles Abramovic, The New York Virtuoso Singers, Rome's Freon Ensemble, 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 on Composers, 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 over five thousand children in schools throughout the state of Maine since 2010. Orchestras in Lubbock, Texas, Jackson, Michigan, and Providence, Rhode Island are also making these pieces part of their outreach programs in the 14-15 season, as did the Long Beach Symphony in 2013.

Delvyn Case 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" Punk Opera as Spiritual Vocation" was published in journal The Sacred in Opera, published by the National Opera Association.

Delvyn Case studied conducting with David Hayes at the Curtis Institute of Music, LanFranco Marcelletti at the Yale School of Music, and with John Finney of the Handel & Haydn Society. 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 6 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.

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.

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.

Creative/Performance/Research Interests:

  • Composition
  • Conducting (Orchestral and Choral)
  • Popular Music
  • Improvisation
  • Songwriting
  • Hip-hop
  • Music and Christianity
  • Great Woods Chamber Orchestra
  • Introduction to Songwriting
  • Music Theory
  • Composition
  • First Year Seminar: Rock of Ages: Images of Jesus in Popular Music
  • Senior Seminar: American Popular Song