VINROY D. BROWN, JR. has various credits in conducting, sacred music and music education. He is 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. Maintaining an active conducting schedule, he is founder and artistic director of the Elmwood Concert Singers, and he is also artistic director and conductor of Capital Singers of Trenton.
During the 2018-2019 season, he will conduct Handel’s Messiah and present Duke Ellington Sacred Music Concert with the Elmwood Concert Singers. The Westminster Jubilee Singers will perform Undine Smith Moore’s Scenes from the Life of a Martyr and Rosephanye Powell’s The Cry of Jeremiah. He will conduct 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 in February.
A noted baritone, Brown has sung on concert and opera stages across the country, as both soloist and chorister. Among his most notable engagements was the filming 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 At 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. He recently made 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 is a member of 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.