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Rollo Dilworth


Music Education/Music Therapy
Vocal Arts



    • 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

      More than 150 of Dilworth's 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 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).

      A frequent presenter at local, state, regional and national conferences, Dilworth has conducted 43 all-state choirs at various levels (elementary, middle school, high school), and has conducted 6 regional honor choirs and 4 national honor choirs (ADCA, OAKE and NafME). He has most recently appeared as guest conductor for international choral festivals and master classes in Australia, Canada, Taiwan, Ireland, and China. For the 2015-2016 season, Dilworth has been invited to conduct all-state choirs in North Carolina, Oklahoma, Ohio, Arizona and Massachusetts.  He will also conduct honor choirs for the Central and Southwest regions of the American Choral Directors Association.  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). In 2017, he received the Temple University Faculty Award for Research and Creative Achievement.                        


    • Books

      Dilworth, R.A. (2014). Choir builders for growing voices 2. Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard Corporation.


      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.

    • July 1 – 4, 2014


      National Children’s Choir of Ireland – Teacher Workshop

      Dublin, Ireland


      July 8, 2014


      National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)

      Annual Conference

      Boston, MA


      July 10, 2014


      Hal Leonard – Atlanta Joy of Singing

      Atlanta, GA


      August 3-7, 2014

      Guest Conductor and Clinician

      Heads of Independent Co-education Schools (HICES) Festival

      Australian National Choral Association

      Sydney, Australia


      September 5, 2014


      Alabama Vocal Association

      Birmingham, AL


      September 26-28, 2014

      Guest Conductor

      First United Methodist Church

      Richardson, TX


      October 3-4, 2014


      Idaho ACDA Sun Valley Fall Retreat

      Sun Valley, ID


      October 8-11, 2014

      Guest Conductor

      Bangkok Middle School Choral Festival

      Bangkok, Thailand


      October 24-26, 2014

      Guest Conductor

      Alberta Youth Choir

      Alberta, Canada


      October 31- November 1, 2014


      Choral Director’s Workshop

      Seattle/Tacoma, WA


      November 7-8, 2014

      Guest Conductor

      Sing Around Nebraska All-State Elementary Choir

      Lincoln, NE


      November 11-13, 2014

      Guest Conductor

      Clark County Honor Choir

      Las Vegas, NV