Jordan College of Fine Arts
School of Music

Cheryl E. West, music education,conducting


Cheryl Eisele West conducts the Indianapolis Children's Choir's (ICC) Indianapolis Youth Chorale (IYC), which consists of 90 auditioned singers from the surrounding area who perform both domestically and internationally. In addition to her work with the IYC, West is adjunct professor at Butler University Jordan College of Arts and the University of  Indianapolis School of Music, teaching in the areas of music education, choral conducting, university choirs, studio piano and voice.  She also supervises and mentors choral music education student teachers.

West's career of high school and collegiate teaching expands 30 years. A frequent clinician, adjudicator, presenter and guest conductor for All-State Honor Choirs, Show choir Camps of America, school music festivals and competitions, state music conventions, conferences, and community and church choirs, quality music education for every child continues to be West's driving passion.

Her career has included concert tours of North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, as well as commissioning five choral pieces and performance honors in the nation's capital, Carnegie Hall, Westminster Cathedral, the Great Wall of China, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Salzburg's "Feuer & Stimme ChorFestival", St. Peter's Basilica Vatican, Rome and Town Hall, Australia.  West future engagements include her conducting debut in Carnegie Hall in April 2014.

West has also performed for the Indiana Music Educator's Association state conventions in Indianapolis and Ft. Wayne, Indiana and the Central Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Her choirs have performed in a variety of professional settings helping to set a standard of excellence in the community youth choral music world.  She is most proud of the Indianapolis Youth Chorale which was selected to perform for the National Conference of the American Choral Directors, in Dallas, Texas last year.

Since 2004, West has traveled extensively as a consultant for The National Bureau of Education and Research, the leading sponsor of specialized development training seminars for educators in the United States.  West presents seminars for middle and high school choral music educators in the country.  Through this organization West has authored two choral resource books,Current Best Strategies for Strengthening Your School Choral Program and Accelerating Success for your School Choral Music Program.

West continues to provide professional service to music educators and school administrators through professional development workshops for individual schools and school corporations. West has been in more than 250 Midwest schools and continues to advocate for providing excellence in music education for all grades.

Prior to her work with the ICC, West was the director of choral activities at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis for 20 years and served on the Indiana Music Educators Association Board of Directors for 16 years as Area VI Representative, President-Elect and Education Director.   She is an arranger for the Ruth Dwyer Choral Series at Colla Voce Publishing, arranges for area churches and directs New Song, the prestigious women's ensemble at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. West holds bachelor's and master's degrees in music education and a theatre minor from Indiana University, School of Music.

West is on the board of directors for the Indiana Choral Director's Association where she serves as Membership Chair.  She is also on the ACDA Central Division Conference planning committee for the 2014 Conference in Cincinnati , Ohio   She is a member of the Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Indiana Choral Directors Association (ICDA), American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) and Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.


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