Webinars hosted by Jeffrey Brillhart
Singing City is offering a series of in-depth interviews with choral conductors, composers, and other artists. After the interviews, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions. To learn more about each webinar, follow the links below.
Attendance for our 2020-2021 season events will be online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no cost to participate, but you will need to R.S.V.P. and provide your e-mail address. Ahead of each event, you will receive an email from Singing City with information on how to login to Zoom, an online meeting platform where we will host our webinars. All Zoom events will begin 10 minutes before the program starting time. We hope you will join us!
Sunday, April 25, 2 p.m.–Singing for Social Justice
Frederica von Stade, Rollo Dilworth and Jay Fluellen
Described by the New York Times as “one of America’s finest artists and singers,” Frederica von Stade continues to be extolled as one of the music world’s most beloved figures. Known to family, friends, and fans by her nickname “Flicka,” the mezzo-soprano has enriched the world of classical music for four and a half decades.
Though she retired from full-time performances in 2010, she continues to make special appearances in concert and opera. During the 2019-20 season, Ms. von Stade will perform a recital and give master class at the LIFE Festival for the Fundació Victoria de los Ángeles in Barcelona, Spain. She will also create the role of Iris in the world-premiere of Awakenings by Tobia Picker at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.Recent season performances have included the world premiere of Lembit Beecher’s Sky on Swings at Opera Philadelphia; a performance alongside Susan Graham for the Orchestra of St. Luke’s DiMenna Center Benefit in New York City; a return to the San Diego Opera where she portrayed Madeline in Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers, a role she created a decade ago, based on the play by Terrence McNally; opening the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s season with a tribute to Leonard Bernstein conducted by Andris Nelsons; singing with Tony award-winning Broadway star Liz Callaway, Daniel Rodriguez, and Matthew Lee Robinson in the New York premiere of the 45-minute cantata Street Requiem – composed in 2014 by Australian’s Kathleen McGuire, Andy Payne and Jonathon Welch – at Carnegie Hall; making her Arizona Opera debut by joining The 45th Anniversary Sapphire Celebration concert celebrating the company; performing on a gala benefit concert with Sarasota Ballet in Florida; and singing with Hawaii Opera Theater in Three Decembers. She also gave master classes at the Peabody Conservatory.
Rollo A. Dilworth is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities and Music Education at the North Park University School of Music in Chicago, Illinois. He also serves as director of the Music Institute of Chicago Children’s Choir. In 2003, the University awarded Dilworth with the prestigious Zenos Hawkinson Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Case Western Reserve University, and a Master of Education Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he studied composition and choral music with Robert Ray. He received the Doctor of Music degree in conducting performance at Northwestern University where he studied conducting and composition with Robert A. Harris.
Additional composition teachers include Pauline Oliveros and Marta Ptaszynska. His choral compositions are a part of the Henry Leck Creating Artistry Choral Series with Hal Leonard Corporation and Colla Voce Music Company. He has also published pieces with the Santa Barbara Music Publishing Company as part of the Mary Alice Stollak Choral Series. Dilworth is a contributing author for the Essential Elements for Choir and the Experiencing Choral Music textbook series, both published by the Hal Leonard Corporation/Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Publications, and for Music Express! Teachers Magazine. He has authored a book of choral warm-ups for elementary and secondary choral ensembles entitled Choir Builders: Fundamental Techniques for Classroom and General Use. Dilworth has taught choral music at all levels, and he has appeared as a guest conductor for numerous honors and all-state choirs. In addition to composing music in the choral genre, his research interests are in the areas of African-American music and music education curriculum and instruction. Dilworth is an active member of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), the National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM), the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and Chorus America. He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
Dr. Jay Fluellen is a Philadelphia-born musician known throughout the area as a composer, organist/choir director, jazz pianist, classical accompanist, theory professor, singer, and educator. Jay is currently the music director and classroom teacher at the Harambee Institute of Science and Technology, a Philadelphia-charter school located in Wynnefield. He directs two African percussion ensembles, two choirs, and an instrumental ensemble. He has also been designing an overall thematic based music curriculum for the school. Jay has completed his Doctorate in Music Composition at Temple University and is a very active composer. His piece entitled Rayuela for marimba orchestra was premiered in April of 1997 at Settlement Music School's 89th season gala celebration. In November 1997, his piece based on three African-American spirituals entitled "A Long Way From Home" was premiered. He composed it for Reginald Pindell, a world renowned baritone, and his own jazz trio, and it was also performed at Settlement' s Black History Month Recital in February, 1998. Jay has also composed numerous anthems for the senior choir at the historic St. Thomas African Episcopal Church where he is choir director and organist. He is a singer and co-director of the Fiskettes and Co. Ensemble A Capella Chamber Choir, a group dedicated to the performance and preservation of African-American spiritual and gospel musical traditions.
Photo: Grass and Pool, detail. Plate 11 from Portfolio Three: Yosemite Valley, 1960. Ansel Adams.
Collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Purchased with the Katharine Levin Farrell Fund, 1963.
Through Performance, Arts Education, and Fellowship, Singing City Choir is a force for social impact, bringing people together and lifting the human spirit through the artistry of choral music.
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