CPS Honor Choir

In 2012, the Cincinnati Youth Choir (CYC) received generous funding from the Louise Deterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund of the Greenacers Foundation, to help create the Cincinnati Public School (CPS) Honor Choir program.  During our first year 80+ CPS students, from 23 + different CPS schools combined forces and performed with our award winning Bel Canto Choir during the World Choir Games at the gorgeous Aronoff Center!   Funds  continued to provide a group 115+ singers the opportunity to learn and perform with our Bel Canto choir 2013- 2017.  In 2018, we will once again welcome the top talent from each CPS School, and reunite to create beautiful music together, without financial obligation.                   

Program Details:
4th – 7th grade students (who have been identified as gifted in the area of vocal music) from each of the 46 CPS elementary schools are invited to participate in this city-wide honor choir mentored by the Cincinnati Youth Choir under the direction of the nationally known clinician/conductor, Robyn Lana. They will have 2 days of intense rehearsal and then perform their repertoire during our CPS Gala concert in May. The Honor Choir will be exposed to CYC’s philosophies and participate without financial requirement.

We will continue to teach the students a diverse repertoire of choral pieces from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds, which mirror the students’ heritages, and premier a commission by Rollo Dilworth, Associate Professor at Temple University and a nationally known and highly sought-after African-American composer, conductor and clinician.  Dr. Dilworth will work with the singers, and will be in attendance to premiere the work during the Gala concert.

Rehearsal Dates:
April 13, 2019 – 10:00am – 3:00pm – Zion Baptist Church, 630 Glenwood Ave. Cincinnati, OH, 45229
April 27, 2019 – 10:00am – 3:00pm – Zion Baptist Church, 630 Glenwood Ave. Cincinnati, OH, 45229

Performance Date:
April 27, 2019 – 3:00pm-4:00pm – Zion Baptist Church, 630 Glenwood Ave. Cincinnati, OH, 45229

2019 registration forms will be provided once details are confirmed

CPS Honor Choir Teacher Letter

CPS Honor Choir Singers Registration & EMF Form

CPS Honor Choir program flier


For more information please contact Rachel Breeden, Community Engagement & Marketing Manager at rbreeden@cincinnatichoir.org, or by phone at 513-556-0338.

About Rollo Dilworth:
(Taken from his website www.rollodilworth.com)

Rollo A. Dilworth is Associate Professor of Choral Music Education and Chair of the Music Education Department at Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance.  In 2003, North Park 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).