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Devon T. Gess is completing her seventeenth year teaching. She holds a Bachelor of Choral Music Education degree from Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama and Master of Music degree from Cleveland State University.
Mrs. Gess is a member of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC)/Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA) and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)/Ohio Choral Directors Association (OCDA). She is an active adjudicator for OMEA’s Large Group Adjudicated Events and Solo & Ensemble Events across the state. In 2008, Mrs. Gess was the guest clinician for the District Two Honor’s Choir Event. From 2010-2012, Mrs. Gess was President of OMEA’s District 4. From 2012-2015, she was on the State Board of OCDA as Show Choir Chair. Mrs. Gess was an adjunct faculty member at Case Western Reserve University directing the University Singers, a non-auditioned choir, opened to all students at CWRU and CIM (Cleveland Institute of Music) during the 2011-2012 school year.
As Choral Director at Bay High School, she directs six choirs: A Cappella Choir (auditioned, 96 mixed voices), Choraleers (select ensemble, 16 mixed voices), Trouble & Bass Show Choir (auditioned, 38 voices), Treble Choir (non-auditioned, 65 voices), Freshman Choir (non-auditioned, 89 voices), and Men’s Choir (non-auditioned, volunteer, 20 voices). She also teaches Music Theory and Music History.
The choral ensembles at Bay High repeatedly receive superior ratings at both the District and State OMEA Adjudicated Events. Being selected to perform at the Ohio Music Educator's Association's annual State Convention is quite an honor. Choraleers were chosen to perform in 2007 and A Cappella Choir was chosen in 2010 and 2015. Choraleers were also selected in 2012, to perform at the Ohio Choral Director's Association's Conference.
Devon and her husband, Dan, live in Bay Village with their children, Caden and Lillian.