2018 KMEA All-State Middle Level Choir Conductor
Rollo Dilworth is Professor of Choral Music Education and Chair of the Department of Music Education and Therapy at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance 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. Dilworth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH), a Master of Education degree in Secondary Education and Music from the University of Missouri-St. Louis (St. Louis, MO) and a Doctor of Music degree in Conducting Performance from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL).
During his doctoral program at Northwestern University, Dilworth was accepted into the composition studios of Robert Harris, Pauline Oliveros, and Marta Ptaszynska. Throughout his career, he has written or arranged African American spirituals, gospel songs, Broadway selections, art songs, vocal exercises, and a musical—all of which are frequently performed by school, church, community, university and professional choirs in the United States and abroad. The majority of Dilworth’s choral scores are works commissioned by community and professional ensembles. In 2009, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and IN UNISON Chorus commissioned and premiered his choral-orchestral work entitled Freedom’s Plow, which is based on the text of a Langston Hughes poem bearing the same title. In 2011, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia commissioned a three-movement choral-orchestral work entitled Rain Sequence, featuring the writings of Langston Hughes and Paul Laurence Dunbar.
Over 150 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. 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); and Choir Builders for Growing Voices 2 (2014).
In addition, Dilworth has conducted 43 all-state choirs ranging across various levels, 6 regional honor choirs, and 4 national honor choirs. For the 2015-2016 season, Dilworth has been invited to conduct all-state choirs in North Carolina, Oklahoma, Ohio, Arizona and Massachusetts. International festival and clinic invitations include Canada, Singapore, Austria and France.
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).