David Tovey

Associate Professor Emeritus
Faculty Emeriti

David Tovey (Mansfield campus), is a native of Oswego, New York, and holds degrees from Hartwick College (music education), Westminster Choir College (sacred music), and the University of Michigan (music education). Joining the School of Music faculty in 1992, he had previously taught public school music in New York State before teaching at Cleveland State University. He also spent seven years as a full-time director of music for a church in metropolitan Chicago. At OSU-Mansfield he has served as director of choral activities and has taught courses in world music cultures, music education methods, and class voice. His research interests have included music education practices of Mexico, and he has published in the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education and the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education. Additional articles have appeared in Music Educators Journal and Triad. Most recently, he has contributed several entries on music in higher education for the upcoming electronic edition of the New Groves Dictionary of American Music. For many years he served as the multicultural specialist on the state boards of both the Ohio Music Education Association and the Ohio Choral Directors Association. He maintains an active dual career as a church musician in Mount Vernon, Ohio, where he is organist/choirmaster of Gay Street United Methodist Church. He is a regular reviewer of new choral and organ music for the periodical Worship Arts and currently is serving his second term as Dean of the North Central Ohio Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Areas of Expertise
  • Music Education
  • Music Education, Hartwick College
  • Sacred Music, Westminster Choir College
  • Music Education, University of Michigan