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- 2019.  In 2022, we will once again welcome the top talent from each CPS School, and reunite to create beautiful music together, without financial obligation.                   

Program Details:
3rd – 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 April. 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 Dr. 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.

2022 Schedule: 

Saturday, May 7th – Allen Temple AME Church – 7080 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45237

10:00am – 3:00pm

Saturday, May 14th – Allen Temple AME Church – 7080 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45237

10:00am – 3:00pm / Concert – 3:00-4:00pm

Lunch and uniform shirt provided.

2022 Forms:

CPS Honor Choir Teacher Letter

CPS Honor Choir Parent letter


For more information please contact Kathleen Riemenschneider, Director of Operations, at kathleenr@cincinnatichoir.org, or by phone at 513-556-0338.

About Rollo Dilworth:
(Taken from his website www.rollodilworth.com)
Rollo Dilworth is Vice Dean and Professor of Choral Music Education at Temple University’s Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts 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.  In 2019, he was commissioned again by the ensemble to write a multi-movement work entitled Credo, based on an essay bearing the same title by civil rights activist W.E.B. DuBois.

Over 200 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 57 all-state choirs ranging across various levels, 7 regional honor choirs, and 4 national honor choirs.  For the 2019-2020 season, Dilworth was invited to conduct all-state and honor choirs in Delaware, Maine and Texas. International festival and clinic invitations include China and Korea.

Dilworth currently serves on the Board 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).

Dr. Dilworth has served as a guest conductor and commissioned composer for  CYC’s 2012-2019 Cincinnati Public School Honor Choir. We are pleased to welcome him back in April of 2020, when he will again share the honor choir and will serve as commissioned composer for the event.