WILLIAM HENRY CALDWELL BIO
WILLIAM HENRY CALDWELL, an active lyric baritone and choral director, is currently resident conductor for the Classical Roots Community Choir for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Martin Luther King Celebration Community Chorus for the Cleveland Orchestra. Mr. Caldwell served as full professor of music at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, and he was chairman of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. For 34 years, he served as conductor of the Grammy nominated Central State University Chorus. He holds degrees from Stillman College (B.A. Magna Cum Laude) and The University of Texas in Austin (M.M. in Vocal Performance). Mr. Caldwell did further study at The Ohio State University and The University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and advanced studies in Lucca, Italy and Vevey, Switzerland. Mr. Caldwell toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia as conductor of the Central State University Chorus. Under his leadership, the CSU Chorus was selected by the World Choir Games Committee in conjunction with the Cincinnati Convention’s Bureau to travel to Passau, Germany and Salzburg, Austria. The Chorus appeared on Musikantenstadl, a television program sponsored by the German government with more than 8 million viewers. Mr. Caldwell recently adjudicated the Sing’n’Joy International Choral Festival and Competition in Louisville, Kentucky. It was under his chairmanship that the Ohio Board of Regents declared the Central State University Department of Fine and Performing Arts a “Center of Excellence”. Mr. Caldwell has prepared choruses for performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, The Cincinnati May Festival, The Cincinnati Pops, The Indianapolis Pops, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestras. Mr. Caldwell has appeared as soloist with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, The Blue Ash-Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, and The Cleveland Orchestra. He appears on the Telarc label in the opera Blue Monday with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Under his leadership the CSU Chorus appears on five Telarc recordings with the Cincinnati Pops and the late Erich Kunzel. He has performed with the Dayton Opera Association and the Bach Society of Dayton. He has performed in Italy, Egypt, and Germany, and the United Kingdom. Mr. Caldwell currently resides in Washington Township, Dayton, Ohio and is music director at First Baptist Church of Dayton, Ohio. He serves on boards for the Cincinnati May Festival, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, The Bach Society of Dayton, and the Mariam Rosenthal Foundation for the Arts.