ABOUT VOICES UNITED
Voices United is an annual musical gathering of sacred music open to all singers from all walks of life, aged high school through retirement. There is no audition. Registered singers participate in preliminary rehearsals, followed by a two-day workshop with a guest clinician and conductor, capped by an evening concert in conjunction with the Manassas Chorale. This is our 21st year of Voices United!
Our guest clinician and conductor for 2019 is Dr. Rollo Dilworth (see biography below).
Registration for Voices United 2019 is now open.
The registration fee includes workshop fees, six anthems, and snacks. Download the form by clicking the link above. Please submit one registration form per participant. Make checks payable to Manassas Chorale. If paying for more than one registrant, please list names on the check. Registration is not complete until payment is received. Mail your form and payment to:
PO Box 101
Manassas, VA 20108
Pre-registration is highly recommended, but you may also bring your registration and payment to a rehearsal.
Registration Deadline: MARCH 1
Singers will receive a music packet at the first rehearsal they attend. Singers MUST attend at least three out of seven rehearsals (more are encouraged, but optional) to be eligible to participate in the workshop and concert. All rehearsals will be held in Weston Hall at Manassas Baptist Church.
Rehearsal schedule for 2019:
Saturday February 16, 9-11 AM
Sunday February 24, 3-5 PM
Saturday March 2, 9-11 AM
Sunday March 3, 3-5 PM
Saturday March 9, 9-11 AM
Sunday March 10, 3-5 PM
Saturday March 16, 9-11 AM
Sunday March 17, 3-5 PM (make-up, only if needed)
Friday March 22, 7:00 PM – 9:15 PM (check-in begins at 6:30 PM)
Saturday March 23, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
The workshop will take place at Manassas Baptist Church. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Bring your music, pencil for marking music, and a water bottle. Snacks will be provided. Please do not wear perfume/cologne or scented body lotions; some singers may have allergies.
The Voices United Concert will be held Saturday March 23, 2019 at 7:30 PM at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. Singers will have a dress rehearsal prior to the concert (call time 6:15 PM). The Manassas Chorale will perform the first half of the concert, followed by the Voices United Workshop Choir. The two choirs will combine for a final number directed by the guest clinician. The concert is open to the public. Tickets area available via the Hylton Box Office. Registered singers do NOT need a ticket.
Manassas Chorale members will wear their concert attire. Singers in the Voices United Workshop Choir only will wear the following:
Men: dark trousers, necktie and jacket (preferably black) and white dress shirt OR black tuxedo with white shirt and black bow tie; black shoes and socks.
Women: long black skirt and black long-sleeve dressy blouse OR long black dress with long sleeves; black hose and black shoes. Simple earrings are acceptable, no dangling or large hoops; no necklaces, bracelets, or brooches.
Each singer will also need a black performance folder, available for purchase at one of the preliminary rehearsals.
ABOUT OUR GUEST CLINICIAN
More than 150 of Dr. Rollo 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 a past 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.
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