Clelyn Brown of Broomfield, Colorado, and a new Michigan State University doctoral candidate, has been named the new Conductor for the Hillsdale Arts Chorale.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Clelyn to the community as the new Conductor of the Hillsdale Arts Chorale,” said Executive Director, Greg Bailey. “Our previous experience of hiring a university doctoral student went very well, and we are certain that Clelyn will continue that trend. Her enthusiasm, love of chorale music, and extensive knowledge of vocal technique are exactly the characteristics that we were looking for in our search.”
Brown, who has nine years of conducting experience, will begin conducting for the Arts Chorale this coming season.
“I am excited to start my collaboration with the Hillsdale Arts Chorale. There's a long-standing expectation of excellence that's especially impressive for an ensemble in a small community, so I feel lucky to work these singers while I pursue my PhD at Michigan State University,” said Brown. “I expect that we will continue along the same path of musical quality while tapping into the hopes and abilities of what individual singers can contribute to the group both musically and from an organizational perspective.”
Brown believes her skill set is suited to continue the traditions of the Arts Chorale in a manner that honors past successes, while expanding future opportunities.
“I am an outsider to the community, which gives me the perspective to appreciate the legacy of the group more, not less,” said Brown. “I understand just how much value the Hillsdale Arts Chorale must bring to the lives of its citizens in the area and how rare a group such as this is. My belief is that groups run the best when the individuals within them feel value and purpose, and we will be looking for further ways to engage our membership with that principle in mind.”
Brown received her degrees from Oklahoma Christian University, Colorado State University, and the University of Northern Colorado.
The Arts Chorale kicks off their 45th season on Saturday, November 4, at 7 PM at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hillsdale.