Yes, the wonderful Sydney Guillaume will be in Idaho for our retreat in Sun Valley, October 5-7, 2017.
Here is what folks have to say about Sydney:
Praised by the Miami Herald for their “impressive maturity and striking melodic distinction”, Sydney Guillaume’s compositions are known to be intricate, challenging and yet highly spirited. They promote human values and are full of heart and passion. Many of his choral works, most with original poetry by his father Gabriel T. Guillaume, have fostered an awareness of the beautiful Haitian culture and continue to serve as an ambassador for his native country. His compositions continually enthrall choirs everywhere and have been performed around the world. They have been featured at numerous conferences and international festivals like the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the World Choir Games and Ireland’s Cork International Choral Festival.
Nearly all of his choral music have been commissioned works. He’s written for renowned choirs such as the Grammy-award nominated Seraphic Fire, the Westminster Chorus, University of Miami Frost Chorale, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Illinois Wesleyan University Collegiate Choir, the Saint Louis Chamber Singers and the Miami Children’s Chorus.
Guillaume also writes film music – he has written original film and documentary scores for the Los Angeles based company Loyola Productions.
Sydney is an active member of the choral community as a composer, singer, clinician and conductor. In 2013, he conducted the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 12 Honor Choir. He has also presented at several symposiums and conferences, both domestically and abroad. Most recently at the 2016 West Virginia ACDA Conference and the FORO CORAL AMERICANO in Argentina.
Since 2013 he has been the conductor of Imbroglio Sextet, a group of musicians from Haiti, Spain, Bolivia and the United States. They met in Haiti at the École de Musique St. Trinité summer camp where they all volunteer as music teachers. As the director of the sextet he has toured through Texas, Louisiana, Britain and Spain.
His latest activities as conductor include an all-Guillaume concert in the New York City’s Lincoln Center and a concert with the Imbroglio Sextet at Carnegie Hall.
Sydney Guillaume graduated from the University of Miami in 2004 where his works were performed by the Miami University Chorale conducted by Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe. Originally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, he is currently residing in Portland, Oregon working as a full-time composer, conductor and clinician.