Z. Randall Stroope, 2014 PREMIERE! Composer

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2014 COA Nationals for Top Choirs – NYC April
2014 COA Festival for Choirs – West Division

Z. Randall Stroope is one of the most active choral conductors and composers working today, conducting recently at the American School in Singapore, Canterbury Cathedral (England), Berliner Dom (Germany), Salzburger Dom (Austria), Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and National Presbyterian Cathedral (Washington, D.C.), Carnegie Hall (New York), and four performances at the Vatican in the past three years. He is also the Artistic Director for two summer music festivals in Europe.

Dr. Stroope has toured 21 countries with ensembles under his direction, including China, South Africa, Japan, and Russia. In 2013, he will conduct a tour of France and England with the Oklahoma State University Concert Chorale. Stroope has also directed 37 all-state choirs (Michigan and Florida in 2013).

As a composer, Stroope has published 125 musical works (instrumental, solo voice, and choral), and sells over a quarter million copies each year from his own catalog (zrandallstroope.com), as well as other U.S and English publishers. His We Beheld Once Again the Stars was recently performed by the Philippine Madrigal Singers in their win of the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing. In the United States, his works have been performed by the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Oregon Bach Festival, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Paul Hill Chorale (Washington, D.C.), and other esteemed ensembles. His composition teachers were Normand Lockwood and Cecil Effinger, both students of the famous French teacher/composer, Nadia Boulanger (student of Gabriel Fauré).

Dr. Stroope is the Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he conducts the Concert Chorale, Chamber Choir, and Women’s Chorus. He is also the head of the Choral and Vocal Studies Division and coordinates the undergraduate and graduate choral conducting program. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Stroope completed a Master of Music (Voice Performance) degree at the University of Colorado – Boulder, and Doctor of Musical Arts (Choral Conducting) degree at Arizona State University. He did post graduate work with Margaret Hillis, Chorus Master of the Chicago Symphony. As a recipient of the Australian-American Fulbright, he has also done work in western Australia. He and his wife, Cheryl (a junior high choral teacher), love to travel and spend time with their sheltie.

Rollo Dilworth

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2014 COA Nationals for Youth Choirs – NYC June

Rollo Dilworth teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral music education, and serves as conductor of the University Chorale, at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. His scholarly and creative interests include: composing for developing voices; choral pedagogy (elementary and secondary); analysis and performance practices in African-American choral music; and teaching choral music in urban settings.

Prior to his appointment at the Boyer College, Dilworth was on faculty at North Park University in Chicago for 13 years where he was Director of Choral Activities and Music Education. Before teaching at the college level, he taught choral and general music at the middle school level in his native town of St. Louis, MO. During his pursuit of graduate degrees, Dilworth was accepted into the composition studios of Robert Harris, Pauline Oliveros, Marta Ptaszynska, and Robert Ray.

More than 150 of his choral compositions and arrangements have been published—many of which are a part of 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 authored a book of choral warm-ups for elementary and secondary choral ensembles entitled Choir Builders: Fundamental Vocal Techniques for General and Classroom Use. Dilworth has co-authored another choral warm-up book entitled Choir Builders for Growing Voices.

Dilworth maintains an interest in working with Children’s and Youth Choirs. He has held conducting positions with the Jubilate Children’s Choir of the Northshore (renamed the Youth Choral Theater of Chicago), and the Music Institute of Chicago Children’s Choir. He currently serves as a consultant on choral pedagogy for the Chicago Children’s Choir.

A frequent presenter at local, state, regional and national conferences, Dilworth has conducted 29 all-state choirs at various levels (elementary, middle school, high school), and has conducted 5 regional honor choirs and 3 national honor choirs (ADCA and OAKE). He has appeared as guest conductor for international choral festivals in Canada, England, China, Italy, and Australia. During the 2012-2013 season, Dilworth has been invited conduct all-state choirs in Louisiana, South Carolina, Colorado, Minnesota and California. He will also been invited to conduct international choral festivals in France and Japan.

Thank you for including us in the day. My group especially commented that they got a lot out of their hour workshop.  And they really loved “Joy!”

Carol Fleming, Patrick Henry High School Choir