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JUBILEE

March 11, 2023 @ 7:30 pm

JUBILEE is a celebration of Afrocentric choral classics and contemporary works, including music by Canadian composer Nathaniel Dett as well as arrangements by guest conductor Rollo Dilworth. Dr. Dilworth, currently National Board Chair of Chorus America, is an internationally renowned choral conductor, clinician and composer with more than 150 original compositions and arrangements to his name. The Vancouver Chamber Choir will also be joined on stage by students from our Focus choir, adding to the jubilant atmosphere of this unique event. Join us for the JUBILEE.

Rollo Dilworth is currently Vice Dean and Professor of Choral Music Education in the Department of Music Education and Therapy at Temple University’s Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts in Philadelphia, PA. He has served on the faculty since 2009. Prior to his position with Boyer College, he taught music education and was the director of choral activities for 13 years at North Park University in Chicago, where he prepared and conducted numerous extended and choral-orchestral works. Before teaching at the college level, Dilworth also taught choral and general music at the middle school level in his hometown of St. Louis, MO.

In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in choral music education, Dilworth serves as Conductor for the Temple University Singing Owls Campus/Community Chorus, as Music/Artistic Director for Singing City Choir, and as Conductor for the School District of Philadelphia High School All-City Chorus.

Over 200 of Dilworth’s choral compositions and arrangements have been published, and many are part of the Henry Leck Creating Artistry Choral Series with the Hal Leonard Corporation. In 2015 Dilworth launched his own choral series with Hal Leonard, focusing on secondary and tertiary level repertoire representing composers and arrangers from diverse backgrounds. He is also an established author and contributor for the Essential Elements for Choir and the Experiencing Choral Music textbook series. He has authored 3 books of choral warm up exercises intended for elementary and secondary choral ensembles, entitled Choir Builders: Fundamental Vocal Techniques for General and Classroom Use (2006); Choir Builders for Growing Voices (2009); Choir Builders for Growing Voices 2 (2014); and Music of Our Roots (2016). Dilworth is an active clinician and frequent guest conductor of all-state, honors, festival, community, church and professional choirs. He has researched, lectured, and presented extensively on various topics including African American choral music, composing/arranging for choirs, social justice, social emotional learning, cultural appropriation, urban music education, community engagement, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Much of Dilworth’s creative output as a composer and arranger focuses on themes of social justice and social change. His compositions Freedom’s Plow (commissioned by the St. Louis Symphony and IN UNISON Chorus) and Credo (commissioned by the Mendelssohn Club Chorus of Philadelphia) are examples of his vision to elevate the words of Langston Hughes and W.E.B. DuBois, respectively. Most recently, a consortium of 20 universities and arts organizations commissioned Dilworth to set Claudia Rankine’s social justice poem Weather to music for chorus, narrator, and wind ensemble. Recent engagements include serving as guest conductor for the Los Angeles Master Chorale, SUNY Potsdam Chorus and Wind Symphony, Tallahassee Community Chorus, and the Vancouver Chamber Choir.

Dilworth serves on the national boards of Chorus America and the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO); he is an active life member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). He also holds memberships with several other organizations, including the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM) and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

 

Rosephanye Powell • The Word Was God
B.E. Boykin • John 3:16
Adolphus Hailstork • Three Dunbar Hymns
Ysaÿe Barnwell • In These Times
G. Phillipp Shoultz III (arr.) • We Shall Overcome
Glenn L. Jones (arr.) • My Soul’s been anchored in de Lord
Thomas A. Dorsey/Arnold Sevier (arr.) • Precious Lord
R. Nathaniel Dett/Marques L.A. Garrett (arr.) • Let Us Cheer the Weary Traveler
R. Nathaniel Dett • Ave Maria
Moses Hogan (arr.) • I Can Tell the World
Dolores White • Three Madrigals
Rollo Dilworth • Jeremiah’s Fire!
Rollo Dilworth (arr.) • Roll, Jordan, Roll!

Details

Date:
March 11, 2023
Time:
7:30 pm
Event Category:

Venue

Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
6265 Crescent Road
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1 Canada
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Details

Date:
March 11, 2023
Time:
7:30 pm
Event Category:

Venue

Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
6265 Crescent Road
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1 Canada
+ Google Map