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Jason Douglas Vodicka

Department: Music

Assistant Professor of Music

  • Education
  • DMA, Univ of Georgia Athens
  • MME, Westminster Choir Coll Rider University
  • BM, Westminster Choir Coll Rider University
  • Areas of Specialty
  • Ensembles
  • Coordinator of Music Education
Jason Vodicka

Conductor and educator Jason Vodicka is Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Education at Susquehanna University where he directs two choral ensembles and guides the school’s undergraduate music education program. In addition to his work at Susquehanna, Vodicka is also Music Director of the Harrisburg Choral Society, a 55-voice community ensemble in existence since 1895.

For nine years Vodicka was one of three choral directors at Pennsbury High School in lower Bucks County, PA where he conducted three choirs, led the school’s musical theater program, and taught elective courses in music theory. Choirs under his direction have been invited to sing at the ACDA Eastern Division conference, the PMEA Annual In-Service Conference, and at such venues as Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls in New York and the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany.

Vodicka has contributed to the journal Visions of Research in Music Education, The Oxford Handbook of Choral Pedagogy, Planning Instruction in Music: Writing Objectives, Assessments, and Lesson Plans to Engage Artistic Processes, and James Jordan’s Inside the Choral Rehearsal: A Harmonically Based Application of the Music Learning Theory of Edwin E. Gordon. He has presented at PMEA and ACDA Sate, Eastern Division, and National conferences, the International Conference on the Concepts and Practices of Choral Singing in Lund, Sweden, and for music education classes at Florida International University, the University of Georgia, the University at Buffalo, and Westminster Choir College.

Know for his outgoing personality as well as his musical expertise, Dr. Vodicka maintains an active schedule as a clinician on topics relating to both choral conducting and music education.

My mother started me taking piano and singing in choirs at age 5. Music is something I've always done, and when it came time to decide my college major, I realized that even though I could have gone into any number of fields, music was the only thing I could actually picture myself doing, doing well, and feeling intellectually, artistically and spiritually fulfilled by.

I realized early on that I had a gift for teaching music, thanks to opportunities afforded me by my first choir directors. I also realized in high school that I was more stimulated by (and got more satisfaction out of) helping others than from performing myself. I think what I like best about teaching is working with motivated young people who know who they are and what they want to get out of life. If I can be of some small help along their way, then I feel incredibly satisfied and incredibly grateful for the opportunity.

Susquehanna is a place where people believe in each other. It is a place where teachers see the innate potential in their students and want more than anything to help them unlock that potential.

In addition to working at Susquehanna, I direct the Harrisburg Choral Society which is a 60-voice community choir based in Harrisburg, Pa. I enjoy working with this group because there is a good mix of music professionals as well as people who just like making music at a very high level. Each person brings something unique to this ensemble.

When I'm not working, I'm often found hiking, running or spending time with my family in North Carolina. I am also frequently found gardening or working on our home built in 1807. (While I love making music with large numbers of people, in my down time I crave the solitude of me and my plants!)

Courses taught:

  • MUED-200 Public School Ed/Music Education
  • MUED-351 Secondary Choral/General Methd
  • MUED-400 Classroom Management
  • MUED-400 Classroom Performance
  • MUED-400 Preparation and Planning
  • MUED-400 Student Teaching
  • MUED-405 Student Teaching Seminar
  • MUED-500 Creative Choral Practices
  • MUED-500 Secondary Choral Gen Methods
  • MUSC-077 Choral Training Ensemble
  • MUSC-077 Choral/Instrumental Train Ensm
  • MUSC-077 Training Ensemble
  • MUSC-083 University Chorale
  • MUSC-083 University Chorale SA
  • MUSC-083 University Chorale TB
  • PRDV-104 Perspectives