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PHOENIX BOYS CHOIR
in collaboration with
PILGRIM REST BAPTIST CHURCH and
 ASU GOSPEL CHOIR
presents

WHEN DREAMS TAKE FLIGHT:
A GOSPEL CELEBRATION

February 23 and 24, 2024

  • 4th - 6th Grade Boys and Girls Gospel Honor Choir

  • Professional Development Workshop for Music Educators and Collegiate Music Education Students

  • Music Educator Festival Choir

Featuring Guest Clinician and Conductor
Dr. Rollo Dilworth

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FESTIVAL PARTICIPATION GUIDELINES

ELEMENTARY STUDENT PARTICIPANTS

  • Girls and boys with unchanged voices in grades 4-6 are eligible to participate in the Gospel Honor Choir.
     

  • Participating student choristers are nominated by a music educator. There is no audition.
     

  • Each educator may nominate up to 6 students. A maximum of 200 choristers will be accepted for participation in the Gospel Honor Choir.
     

  • Homeschooled students may be nominated by their home-based educator.

  • Each educator’s student nominations should be divided equally between Treble Part I and Treble Part II. If an educator nominates an odd number of students, more students should be assigned to sing Part I.
     

  • Nominated students should be able to match pitch and take musical direction from a conductor.

ADULT PARTICIPANTS

  • Guest clinician Dr. Rollo Dilworth will present a Professional Development workshop that is open to all Arizona music educators and to collegiate music education students. Participants will be provided with a certificate for reporting Professional Development hours.
     

  • Music educators and collegiate music education students may also participate in the Music Educator Festival Choir, under the direction of Dr. Rollo Dilworth.

     

ALL PARTICIPANTS - DEADLINES

  • Student and adult participant registration for the WHEN DREAMS TAKE FLIGHT Festival is open now through 5:00 p.m. on JANUARY 22, 2024. A fee of $35 per participant is due at the time of registration, which includes a Festival t-shirt, Friday and Saturday snacks, Saturday lunch, and music scores.
     

  • Registration and payment of applicable fees is via this Festival website and linked forms.
     

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Registration is not complete until full payment has been received. Payment in full of all participation fees must be received no later than FEBRUARY 2, 2024.

PARTICIPTION
SCHEDLE

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Friday, February 23, 2024

(Educators and Collegiate Music Ed. Students Only)

PHOENIX BOYS CHOIR BUILDING

1131 E. Missouri Avenue, Phoenix

 

5:00 PM       Professional Development workshop with clinician Dr. Rollo Dilworth

7:00 PM       Break

7:15 PM        Music Educator Festival Choir rehearsal with Dr. Rollo Dilworth

9:00 PM      Dismissal

Saturday, February 24, 2024

(4th-6th Grade Students, Educators and Collegiate Music Education Students)

PILGRIM REST BAPTIST CHURCH

1401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix

8:30 AM        Check-in for choristers and chaperones

9:00 AM        Rehearsal #1 with clinician Dr. Rollo Dilworth

10:30 AM       Break

10:45 AM       Rehearsal #2 with clinician Dr. Rollo Dilworth

12:15 PM        Pizza lunch (provided)

12:45 PM       Final rehearsal #3 with clinician Dr. Rollo Dilworth
                      (Festival choristers and music educators)

2:15 PM        Choristers prepare for concert                  

2:30 PM        Doors open (free public concert)

3:00 PM        Gospel celebration concert, featuring performances by:

 


4:30 PM         Concert ends

  • Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church Mass Choir

  • Phoenix Boys Choir

  • ASU Gospel Choir

  • Arizona Music Educators and Collegiate Music Ed. Student Gospel Choir 

  • 4th-6th Grade Gospel Honor Choir

  • Combined Festival Choirs

FESTIVAL MUIC

FESTIVAL MUSIC

Music Educator Festival Choir

Keep on Making a Way (SATB), Percy Gray, arr. Carol Cymbala (provided at no cost to Festival registrants)

A Praying Spirit, Elbernita "Twinkie" Clark (will be taught by oral tradition)

4th-6th Grade Gospel Honor Choir

I Will Sing, Robert Townsend (score provided at no cost to Festival registrants)

Psalm 61 (will be taught by oral tradition)

Combined Gospel Festival Choir
(Educators and Students)

Little David, Play on Your Harp, arr. Rollo Dilworth (provided at no cost to Festival registrants)

Till We Meet Again, Kirk Franklin (will be taught by oral tradition)

MEET GUEST CLINICIAN DR. ROLLO DILWORTH

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Dr. Rollo A. Dilworth is one of the most well-recognized and esteemed figures in choral music.  He earned his undergraduate degree in music education from Case Western Reserve University, a M.Ed. in secondary education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and his DMA in conducting performance from Northwestern University. He currently holds the position of Vice Dean and Professor of Choral Music Education at Temple University in Philadelphia.

 

More than 150 of Dr. Dilworth's choral compositions and arrangements have been published and are widely performed throughout the U.S. and internationally. He is a contributing author for the Essential Elements for Choir and the Experiencing Choral Music textbooks, as well as for the Music Express! Teachers Magazine. He has authored three books of choral warm-up exercises for elementary and secondary choral ensembles.

Both classical music and African-American folk music have influenced Dr. Dilworth's musical development and style. He recognizes Beethoven and Chopin as beloved classical icons in his life, but his compositional style is largely influenced by Gospel and Spiritual composers such as Robert Ray and Moses Hogan. He also draws inspiration from African-American literary tradition, with a particular affinity for the poetry of Langston Hughes and Paul Laurence Dunbar whose texts he has set to his own compositions.

A frequent presenter at local, state, regional and national conferences, Dr. 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. He has most recently appeared as guest conductor for international choral festivals and master classes in Australia, Canada, Taiwan, Ireland, and China as well as all-state choirs in North Carolina, Oklahoma, Ohio, Arizona and Massachusetts.  He has also led 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.

Dr. 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, the National Association of Negro Musicians, and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. In 2017, he received the Temple University Faculty Award for Research and Creative Achievement. 

ROLLO
CHOIRS

PARTICIPATING FESTIVAL CHOIRS
AND CONDUCTORS

For 76 years, the Phoenix Boys Choir has provided choral music training, education, performance and travel opportunities, and learning experiences that instill excellent musicianship and critical values in young people. Members of our choirs come from throughout the Valley of the Sun and represent a diversity of backgrounds. We believe no boy should be turned away due to financial need.

 

Our programs feature training in voice, music theory, and performance for boys. Each year we offer a full season of concert performances featuring a wide variety of music genres. We produce recordings, participate in music festivals, sing for a numerous private and community events, and perform with other professional groups. 

Boys and young men ages 7-18 are invited to join us for the second half of our 2023-24 Season and beyond. To join, simply schedule an audition (which includes a free voice lesson with a PBC conductor). More information about joining is available HERE.

Nathan De'Shon Myers

ASU Gospel Choir

The ASU Gospel Choir is a mixed-voice ensemble devoted to the unique repertory of Gospel music in the United States, both past and present. Singers join for a variety of reasons: to celebrate connection, to sing music central to the American experience, and some for religious expression. People of all faiths and backgrounds sing in this group. We are a tight-knit, supportive community that cares deeply about the music and what it means. Students of all majors and members of the community are welcome to sing in the Gospel Choir, which includes a smaller, more specialized ensemble for people who wish to devote more time to perfecting their craft, and a larger group for those who just love to sing. Hearings to determine your best voice placement take place at the beginning of each semester.

REGISTER

REGISTER NOW TO JOIN THE CELEBRATION!

Participation in When Dreams Take Flight: A Gospel Celebration is open to nominated 4th-6th grade students, their teachers and any other interested music educators and collegiate music education students who would like to learn and sing with us. The nominal participation fee of $35 per person includes a festival t-shirt and lunch on the day of the festival. Space is limited.
Register now to secure your spot in the Festival Choir!

WALK-UP REGISTRATIONS AND PAYMENT WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THE EVENT

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