VINROY D. BROWN, JR., is an active conductor, musician and music educator. He a member of the Sacred Music faculty at Westminster Choir College, where he conducts the Westminster Jubilee Singers. A church musician, he is director of music & worship arts at Elmwood United Presbyterian Church where his responsibilities include building music and arts programs. He maintains an active conducting schedule, and he is founder and artistic director of the Elmwood Concert Singers and artistic director and conductor of the Capital Singers of Trenton.
During the 2018-2019 season, he will conduct Handel’s Messiah, present concerts in Freehold and Long Beach Island, N. J., and present Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music Concerts with the Elmwood Concert Singers. With the Westminster Jubilee Singers he will perform Undine Smith Moore’s Scenes from the Life of a Martyr and Rosephanye Powell’s The Cry of Jeremiah, and he will conduct the Capital Singers of Trenton in annual concerts and prepare both Capital Singers and the Trenton Children’s Chorus for a performance of the Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living. He will also headline the Harlem Classical Music Festival in New York this February.
A noted baritone, Brown has sung on concert and opera stages across the country, both as soloist and chorister. He can be seen on two PBS specials: Ode to Joy, a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and Westminster Symphonic Choir for Great Performances and the finale of Bernstein’s Candide with the New York Philharmonic and the Westminster Festival Chorus for Live from Lincoln Center. He made his New York Lyric Opera Theatre debut at Carnegie Hall last season performing scenes from Massenet’s Manon and Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana. This October, he will make his debut with the Mile-Long Opera Company performing the world premiere of David Lang’s The Mile-Long Opera: a biography of 7 o’clock.
Brown holds membership in the National Association for Music Education, American Choral Directors Association and the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc., for which he is national 1st vice-president of the Collegiate/Young Artists Division. He holds degrees in Sacred Music and Music Education from Westminster Choir College.