Conductor, Malcolm J. Merriweather is Music Director of New York City’s The Dessoff Choirs, known for their performances of great choral works from the pre-Baroque era through the 21st century. He is an Assistant Professor, Director of Choral Studies and Voice Department Coordinator at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, Artist in Residence at Union Theological Seminary, and the Artistic Director of “Voices of Haiti,” a 60-member children’s choir in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, operated by the Andrea Bocelli Foundation.
During the summer of 2017 Merriweather leads the “Voices of Haiti” in performances with Andrea Bocelli at Teatro del Silenzio and for Pope Francis. Other highlights of the 2017-2018 season include: David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion and Vaughan Williams’s Dona nobis pacem with The Dessoff Choirs. Handel’s Messiah at Brooklyn College and the Harvard Club of New York; Leonard Bernstein’s Mass (Concert Selections) Honneger’s King David at Brooklyn College; and Bach’s Singet dem Herrn, BWV 225 and Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229 with The Dessoff Choirs. Recent conducting highlights have included Mozart’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. Soloist engagements for the 2017-2018 season include the premiere of Sanctuary Road by Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Moravec with Kent Tritle and the Oratorio Society of New York; Fauré’s Requiem and Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Dona nobis pacem with Christopher Shepard and The Masterwork Chorus.
Recent soloist engagements have included the baritone solos in Rautavaara’s Vigilia as a part of the Great Music in a Great Space series at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine; the music of William Byrd with Parthenia; and Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem with the Grace Choral Society. Additionally, Merriweather has been featured as a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Dessoff Choirs, the New York Choral Society, and Bach Vespers Choir and Orchestra at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New York City. The baritone has premiered contemporary solo works by Eve Beglarian, John Liberatore, Ju Ri Seo, Douglas Fisk, and James Adler. He has been a fellowship recipient at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and at the Tanglewood Music Center.
Merriweather holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the studio of Kent Tritle at the Manhattan School of Music, where his doctoral dissertation “Now I walk in Beauty, Gregg Smith: A Biography and Complete Works Catalog” constituted the first complete works list for the composer and conductor. He received Master of Music degrees in Choral Conducting and in Vocal Performance from the studio of Rita Shane at the Eastman School of Music, as well as his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Syracuse University, summa cum laude.
His professional affiliations include membership in Pi Kappa Lambda, the American Choral Directors Association, and Chorus America.
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