MALCOLM J. MERRIWEATHER
Conductor, baritone and educator Malcolm J. Merriweather serves as the 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 also the current Director of Choirs at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, and Guest Artist in Residence at Union Theological Seminary, the Choral Associate at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and the Music Director of the “Voices of Haiti” 60-member children’s choir in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, funded by the Andrea Bocelli Foundation. Frequent trips to Haiti allow him to oversee training and performances for participating children that range in age from seven to thirteen.
Recent conducting highlights for Merriweather have included Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach’s Cantata 150, Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, and Orff’s Carmina Burana with the choirs and orchestra of the Brooklyn College Conservatory; Handel’s Messiah with the Harvard Club Festival Choir and Orchestra at the Harvard Club in New York City; and a freedom concert entitled “Oh, Freedom” with the West Village Chorale and Orchestra, which featured David Hurd’s In Honor of Martin, celebrating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.. Merriweather also recently prepared and directed the Cathedral Choristers for a collaborative performance of Mahler’s 8th “Symphony of a Thousand” with the Oratorio Society of New York and the Manhattan School of Music Orchestra and Symphonic Choir at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, under the baton of Kent Tritle. He previously was the Artistic Director of the West Village Chorale.
Recent soloist engagements have included Heinrich Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien, conducted by Kent Tritle, and Judith Zaimont’s Parable with Musica Sacra at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. He was the baritone soloists in Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem with the Oratorio Society of New York on their concert tour of Halle, Dresden, and Leipzig in Germany. Additionally, Merriweather has been featured as a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Dessoff Choirs, the New York Choral Society and the Bach Vespers Choir and Orchestra. He was a previous fellowship recipient at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and at the Tanglewood Music Center, and has additionally premiered contemporary solo works by Eve Beglarian, John Liberatore, Ju Ri Seo, Douglas Fisk, and James Adler.
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. He began his professional musical training as a chorister in the Choir of Men and Boys at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo, New York.
Throughout his career, he has closely collaborated with Dr. Elisa Macedo Dekaney, Dr. Barbara Tagg, Dr. Christopher Shepard, and John Daly Goodwin. His professional affiliations include membership in Pi Kappa Lambda, the American Choral Directors Association, the Association for Anglican Musicians, and Chorus America.