January 14 – Sunday at 7:00 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert
William Henry Caldwell
William Henry Caldwell is well known as a choral conductor, voice clinician, and baritone soloist. He has led the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus for The Cleveland Orchestra for the past decade, and also serves as resident conductor for the Classical Roots Community Chorus for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He served as professor and chairman of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, and was director of the Central State University Chorus for over thirty years. The chorus’s accomplishments during his tenure include a Grammy nomination for Amen: A Gospel Celebration, one of several of the Chorus’s recordings on Telarc. The CSU Chorus toured extensively under his direction, including performances in London, Canterbury, Paris, Venice, and Florence, and at the Vatican in Rome.
Mr. Caldwell has performed as a baritone soloist across the United States and abroad. He performs regularly as soloist with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and has appeared with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded on the Telarc label, including appearing as Cokey Lou in George Gershwin’s one-act opera Blue Monday. He has performed as a baritone soloist in Italy, Egypt, and Germany, and has served as an adjudicator/conductor for the Ohio All-State Choir.
Mr. Caldwell is a magna cum laude graduate of Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and holds a master of music degree in vocal performance from the University of Texas. He has done further graduate study at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and with Ohio State University. Mr. Caldwell has served as a member of several arts organization boards, including the Dayton Philharmonic and the Kettering Children’s Choir. He lives in Dayton, Ohio, and recently retired as choir director at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia.