VINROY D. BROWN, JR. holds credits in conducting, sacred music and music education. He is a member of the choral studies, music education and sacred music faculty at Westminster Choir College, where he conducts the Westminster Jubilee Singers and teaches African American Choral Literature and teaches in the Baccalaureate Honors Program. He was most previously Lecturer of Music in the College of Communication & Fine Arts at Loyola Marymount University where he developed coursework related to music and social justice. A church musician, he is director of music & worship arts at Elmwood United Presbyterian Church. Maintaining an active conducting schedule, he is founder and artistic director of Elmwood Concert Singers and is artistic director and conductor of Capital Singers of Trenton.
In recent seasons he has conducted the Vaughan Williams Mass in G Minor, Faure Requiem in D Minor, Vivaldi Gloria, Ellington Sacred Concert, Moore Scenes from the Life of a Martyr, Powell The Cry of Jeremiah, Forrest Requiem for the Living and Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem. Ensembles under his direction have been featured in radio broadcast at Princeton Theological Seminary, performed at the historic Playhouse at Rodney Square and members of his ensembles at Carnegie Hall and at the Centennial Convention of the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois. Last season, he led Capital Singers of Trenton in performances of Handel’s Messiah, Dove’s The Passing of the Year and a commissioned work by Richard M. Loatman to commemorate the ensemble’s fifteenth anniversary. In addition, the Westminster Jubilee Singers performed at the New Jersey Music Education Conference in addition to performances locally and in Wilmington, Delaware as part of the Bent But Not Broken Choral Festival.
As a clinician, Professor Brown has headlined the Voices United Choir Festival for the New Jersey chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and the Harlem Classical Music Festival. He has presented for the National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association, New Jersey Education Association and music for Virginia, Georgia, Illinois and Maryland Music Education Association Conferences. He has lectured at the University of Miami, Millikin University, Kutztoen University and The College of New Jersey. He was previously Guest Artist at Pennsbury High School, guest conductor of the Morris Area High School Honor Choir and lectured for the Middlesex County Arts Institute and the National Collegiate Choral Organization. This academic year he will work with the University of Delaware Chorale, lecture at Yale and Princeton and conduct the CJMEA Region II Intermediate Treble Chorus.
A noted baritone, Brown has sung on concert and opera stages across the country, as both soloist and chorister. Among his most notable engagements were the filming two PBS specials with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and New York Philharmonic. He made his New York Lyric Opera Theatre debut at Carnegie Hall performing scenes from Massenet’s Manon and Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana. The world premiere of David Lang’s The Mile-Long Opera: a biography of 7 o’clock marked his debut with the Mile-Long Opera Company and workshopped OMAR, a new opera on the life of Omar Ibn Said composed by Rhiannon Giddens with Spoleto Festival USA, and served as Chorus Conductor for the its premiere performances. He will serve as Cover and Chorus Conductor for the North Carolina premiere of OMAR in 2023.
Professor Brown holds membership in the National Association for Music Education, National Alliance of Black School Educators, American Choral Directors Association, International Society for Black Musicians, National Collegiate Choral Organization and the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc., for which he is Eastern Region Director and Chief Editor of EMERGENCE: Research & Performance Topics in Black Music, a scholarly publication which will be released in 2022. Brown is also a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, Inc. He holds the Master of Arts in Practical Theology degree from Regent University, and Bachelor of Music degrees in Sacred Music and Music Education from Westminster Choir College.