Dr. Vail has taught in the choral/vocal area at CSULB since 1976. He holds a DMA in conducting from the Claremont Graduate University and Masters and Bachelors degrees from CSULB. He has been honored with a Distinguished Artist Award from the Public Corporation of the Arts, and is a frequent clinician and guest conductor for choral festivals. He is the Artistic Director of the Mozart festival, City of Long Beach, and has served on the faculty of the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria.
During his career at Long Beach, he has conducted each of the choirs, and has taught choral repertoire, choral organization and literature, and choral conducting. In addition to teaching, he serves as the Undergraduate Advisor for the Music Department.
Dr. Vail is the director of the annual Kaleidoscope Festival held each year on the last Saturday of April.