Marie Bucoy-Calavan

Secretary; Director of Choral Studies, University of Akron

Marie Bucoy-Calavan has conducted a diverse range of ensembles, from primary and secondary level choirs, to community, collegiate, and professional choruses and opera productions. Bucoy-Calavan finished her bachelor of arts in music and master of music in choral conducting at California State University, Fullerton, serving as the graduate assistant conductor of both the University Singers and Chamber Choir. She has prepared and performed with symphonic choruses under the batons of Carl St.Clair, Bramwell Tovey, John Williams, Eric Whitacre, Keith Lockhart, John Mauceri, Steven Mercurio, Louis Langrée, John Nelson, Franz Welser-Möst, James Conlon, and John Alexander in distinguished venues, including Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, and the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary.

In addition, Bucoy-Calavan placed second in the 2013 American Choral Directors Association National Choral Conducting CompetitionShe completed her doctorate of musical arts in choral conducting at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Most recently, she served as the assistant conductor of the May Festival Chorus, the symphonic chorus for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Bucoy-Calavan is the director of choral studies at the University of Akron, where she directs the Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and Men’s Chorus while teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting. Her research interests lies in conducting pedagogy and its unification amongst choral, orchestral, and wind ensembles.