2016 guest conductor
Rollo Dilworth is Professor of Music Education and Chair of Music Education and Music Therapy in the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University. He has degrees in education from Case Western Reserve University and the University of Missouri–Saint Louis and a doctorate in choral conducting from Northwestern University. More than 150 of his choral compositions and arrangements have been published—many under the Henry Leck Creating Artistry Choral Series with Hal Leonard Corporation. Additional publications can be found in the catalogs of Santa Barbara Music Publishing and Colla Voce Music, Inc. 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 three books of choral warm up exercises intended for elementary and secondary choral ensembles, titled Choir Builders: Fundamental Vocal Techniques for General and Classroom Use (2006); Choir Builders for Growing Voices (2009); and Choir Builders for Growing Voices 2 (2014).
A frequent presenter at local, state, regional and national conferences, Dilworth has conducted 36 all-state choirs at various levels (elementary, middle school, high school), and has conducted six regional honor choirs and four national honor choirs (ADCA, OAKE and NAfME). He has appeared as guest conductor for international choral festivals in Canada, England, China, Italy, and Australia. For the 2014–15 season, Dilworth was invited to conduct all-state choirs in Nebraska, Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia, and Massachusetts. International festival invitations included Australia, Canada, Taiwan, Ireland, and China.
Dilworth is currently National Board Chair for Chorus America. 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).
It is our pleasure to welcome Dr. Rollo Dilworth to Western Michigan University as guest conductor of the 78th annual Southwestern Michigan Vocal Festival to be held in Miller Auditorium on March 24, 2016.