VINROY D. BROWN, JR. holds credits in conducting, sacred music and music education. He is a member of the conducting, organ and sacred music faculty at Westminster Choir College, where he conducts the Westminster Jubilee Singers and teaches African American Choral Literature. In addition to his responsibilities at Westminster, he was recently appointed 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, artistic director of Trenton Children’s Chorus and is artistic director and conductor of Capital Singers of Trenton.
Recent seasons included performances of Handel’s Messiah, Faure’s Requiem in D Minor, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert, Undine Smith Moore’s Scenes from the Life of a Martyr, Rosephanye Powell’s The Cry of Jeremiah and Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living. 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. This season, he will lead a virtual performance of Nine Lessons & Carols and the Brahms’ Requiem with Capital Singers of Trenton, will commission a work to commemorate his recent appointment and the 30th anniversary of Trenton Children’s Chorus, and will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Westminster Jubilee Singers with virtual programming.
As a clinician, Professor Brown recently headlined the Voices United Choir Festival for the New Jersey chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and presented at the New Jersey Music Education Conference and the Harlem Classical Music Festival in New York. This academic year, he will present for Virginia and Georgia Music Education Conferences and at the National Conference of the American Choral Directors’ Association. He also will lecture for over a dozen colleges, universities and music organizations this academic year.
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 will serve as Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor for the 2021 premiere performances.
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 2021. 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.