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Rollo Dilworth

Dr. Rollo Dilworth

Chair, Music Education and Music Therapy

Associate Professor of Choral Music Education


Choral Conducting

Music Education

Music Therapy




    • B.S.: Music Education (K-12 certification), Case Western Reserve University
      M.Ed.: Secondary Education (concentrations in Music, Curriculum & Instruction), University of Missouri-St. Louis
      D.M.A.: Conducting Performance, Northwestern University

      Rollo Dilworth teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral music education and serves as conductor of the University Chorale.  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.

      Dilworth is a life member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and serves on the ACDA Eastern Division board as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Student and Youth Activities.  He is Chair-Elect for the Chorus America Board of Directors. Dilworth also holds memberships with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM), and American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

    • Books
      Dilworth, R. A., & Crocker, E. (2010). Choir builders for growing voices. Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard Corporation.

      Dilworth, R.A. (2006). Choir builders: Fundamental vocal techniques for classroom and General use, Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard Corporation.


      Choral Compositions and Arrangements
      All published compositions can be access through the following links:

      Hal Leonard

      Santa Barbara Music Publishing

      Colla Voce Music Incorporated

      Dilworth, R.A. (2012).  Working with male adolescent voices in the choral rehearsal: A survey of research-based strategies. Choral Journal, Vol. 52 No. 9 (April 2012), 23-33.

    • Past Engagements

      August 6-11, 2012
      Minnesota All-State Choir Camp
      St. John’s University

      August 21, 2012
      Norman Public Schools – Elementary Music Teacher In-Service
      Norman, Oklahoma

      September 8, 2012
      Community Renewal Chorus
      Chicago, IL

      September 28-29, 2012
      Alabama MEA Elementary Festival
      Montgomery, AL

      October 12-13, 2012
      South Carolina Junior High All-State Choir
      Charleston, SC

      October 19-20, 2012
      Tacoma Youth Chorus
      Tacoma, WA

      October 25-27, 2012
      Louisiana High School Women’s All-State Chorus
      Baton Rouge, LA

      November 2-3, 2012
      Florida American Choral Directors Association
      Orlando, FL

      November 9-10, 2012
      American Guild of Organists
      Chicago, IL

      November 29-December 1, 2012
      New York High School All-State Choir
      Rochester, NY

      January 18-21, 2013
      Chorus America
      Choral Conducting Master Class
      Cincinnati, OH

      January 23-26, 2013
      Colorado Elementary All-State Choir
      Denver, CO

      February 1-2, 2013
      Mars Hill College Choral Festival
      Mars Hill, NC

      February 7-9, 2013
      South Carolina Elementary All-State Choir
      Charleston, SC

      February 15-16, 2013
      Minnesota High School All-State Mixed Choir
      Minneapolis, MN

      February 22-23, 2013
      Kansas Elementary All-State Choir
      Wichita, KS

      March 13-16, 2013
      American Choral Directors Association
      National Convention
      Dallas, TX

      March 21-23, 2013
      California High School All-State Men’s Choir

      April 5-6, 2013
      Heartland Voices
      Elgin, IL

      April 11-14, 2013
      Guest Conductor
      Charleston International Festival of Choirs
      Charleston, SC

      April 18-20, 2013
      Pennsylvania Music Educators Association
      Annual Conference

      June 12-15, 2013
      Chorus America
      National Conference
      Seattle, WA

      June 27-30, 2013
      Sing A Mile High Children’s Choir Festival
      Denver, CO