David Rayl Professor of Music, Director of Choral Programs, and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research


  • Conducting

211 Music Practice Building
East Lansing, MI 48824

(517) 353-9122


David Rayl is professor of music, director of choral programs, and associate dean for graduate studies and research at the Michigan State University College of Music. Under his baton the University Chorale has appeared at the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association (2007), the Central Division convention of ACDA (2006), and the national meeting of the College Music Society (2002). He has also prepared the Chorale for five sets of performances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Prior to joining MSU in 2002, he held the same position at the University of Missouri-Columbia for 12 years. He conducted the University Singers and Choral Union and taught in the undergraduate and graduate conducting programs. Under his direction, the University Singers sang at the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association (1995), at the 27th annual Florilège Vocale in Tours, France, (1998), and at Maggio Musicale in Florence, Italy, (2000). 

Rayl has appeared as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States. He has led all-state choirs in Wisconsin, Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Mississippi. He has presented or conducted workshops at the national conferences of MENC, NATS, and MTNA, the North Central Division Convention of ACDA, and the Iowa, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Missouri, and Wisconsin Choral Directors Associations.

His international engagements include the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria; the V Festival di Musica Antica in Urbino, Italy; the VII Festival Internaçional de Música de Camera do Pará, in Belem, Brazil; the II Festival de Corais in Brasilia, Brazil; the Painel Unicanto de Regencia Coral in Londrina, Brazil; and the Classical Music Festival in Montreal and Quebec City, Canada.

Several of Rayl's articles and reviews have appeared in the Choral Journal, The Journal of the Conductors' Guild, and Fontes Artes Musicae. His editions of Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Nine Settings of the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary were published by A-R Editions of Madison, Wisconsin.

Rayl has also taught at Marymount College in Salina, Kansas, and St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. He is the former music director of the Chamber Singers of Iowa City (1985-1990) and the Quad City Mozart Festival (1987-97). He received particular notice for his performances of the choral, operatic, and orchestral repertoire of the 18th century, especially the works of Bach and Mozart.

In 1993, Rayl received the Provost's Outstanding Junior Faculty award, recognizing teaching excellence among young faculty members at the University of Missouri-Columbia. In April 1996, he was named one of 10 recipients of the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. In 2009 he was one of the first recipients of the MSU College of Music’s Dortha J. and John D. Withrow Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Rayl holds a B.M. in voice from Illinois Wesleyan University; a M.M. from the University of Oklahoma; and a DMA in choral conducting from the University of Iowa.

For graduate-related information, questions and issues, please e-mail musgrad@msu.edu.