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Meet the Composer:
A Concert and Forum with Dr. Adolphus Hailstork

April 24, 2006
Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel
1:00 p.m.

Howard University
College of Arts and Sciences
Division of Fine Arts
Department of Music



Opening Remarks
Professor Kehembe Eichelberger

Presentation of Guest of Honor
Dr. Karen Walwyn


Dr. Adolphus Hailstork, Commentator

Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child”
Afro Blue
Professor Connaitre Miller, Conductor

“Three Smiles for Tracey”
Professor Nicholas Lewis

“Trumpet Variations”
Kieron Irvine*

“Ventriloquist Acts of God”
  No. 1, Sun
No. 2,. Luna Moth
No. 3, The Real Story of Adam and Eve
No. 4, Deep in the Dark
Dr. Candace Johnson, Soprano**
Margaret Kapasi, Piano

Excerpt from “Piano Sonata No. 1”
Scherzo, Movement II
Dr. Raymond Jackson

“Pied Piper of Harlem”
Dr. Saїs Kamalidiin


Interview with Dr. Adolphus Hailstork
Professor Lorraine Faxio



My Name Is Toil
Afro Blue & the Howard University Brass Ensemble
Professor Connaitre Miller and Fred Irby, III, Conductors

Excerpts from “Four Romantic Love Songs
No. 2, Invitation to Love
No. 4, Good Night

Dr. James Moore, Tenor
Laurie Bunn, Piano

Professor Mark Mauldin, Euphonium
Dr. Charles Timbrell, Piano

“American Landscape No. 2”
Professor Timothy Macek, Violin
Professor Drew Owen, Cello

Adagio for Strings
Professor Timothy Macek, Conductor

Excerpts from “Preach the Word”
No. 1, Give Thanks to the Lord
No. 2, Listen
No. 3, Open the Gates
Dr. Louise Toppin, Soprano**
Dr. Raymond Jackson, Piano
In memory of Dr. Doris Evans McGinty

*Undergraduate Student, Howard University
**Visiting Guest Artist



Adolphus Cunningham Hailstork, born April 17th, 1941 in Rochester, New York, began his musical studies with piano lessons as a child. He studied at Howard University (B.M. 1963) and Manhattan School of Music (B.M. in Composition, 1965, M.M. in Composition, 1966), spending the summer of 1963 at the American Institute at Fontainebleau, France. After service in the U.S. Armed Forces in Germany (1966-1968), he returned to the United States and pursued his doctorate degree at Michigan State University in Lansing (Ph.D.), 1971. His principal teachers were H. Owen Reed ( Michigan State University), Vittorio Giannini and David Diamond (Manhattan School of Music), Mark Fax ( Howard University) and Nadia Boulanger (American Institute at Fontainebleau).

Dr. Hailstork began writing music at an early age. His musical-comedy, The Race for Space, was performed at Howard University during his senior year in college (1963), and his master’s thesis, Statement, Variations and Fugue, was performed by the Baltimore Symphony in 1966. After his terminal degree, some of his more celebrated compositions were Celebration, recorded by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, (1976); Out of the Depths, which won the 1977 Belwin-Mills Max Winkler Award; Guernica, awarded first prize sponsored by the Virginia College Band Directors in 1983; and Consort Piece, (1995),was awarded First Prize by the University of the Delaware Festival of Contemporary Music.

In 1990, a consortium of five orchestras commissioned a piano concerto which was premiered by Leon Bates in 1992. In addition, Dr. Hailstork was commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music to write Festival Music for the Baltimore Symphony. Other significant performances by major orchestras ( Philadelphia, Chicago and New York) have been led by leading conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Daniel Barenboim and Kurt Masur. In 1999, the composer’s second symphony (commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra), and his second opera, Joshua’s Boots (commissioned by the Opera Theatre of St. Louis and the Kansas City Lyric Opera), were premiered. In 2002, James Conlon conducted Hailstork’s oratorio Done Made My Vow at the renowned Cincinnati May Festival. A CD of Hailstork’s Symphonies No. 2 and 3, recorded by David Lockington with the Grand Rapids Symphony, was released during the 2004-2005 season. Dr. Hailstork is currently Eminent Scholar and Professor of Music at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Louise Toppin has received critical acclaim for her operatic, orchestral, and oratorio performances from the United States, China, Uruguay, Australia, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Sweden, England and Spain in such halls as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, and the Kennedy Center. Some recent orchestral appearances include: the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Czech National Symphony, The Bach Aria Group, and the Washington D.C. Bach Consort. During 2001, some roles sung by Dr. Toppin were the title role in the world premiere of the opera Luyala by composer William Banfield, Mary in William Grant Still's Highway One, Bess in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, and Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni. Ms. Toppin performed Mozart's Impresario (Goldentrill) at The Kennedy Center to rave reviews from The Washington Post. With eight recorded compact disks of American Music, (Centaur Records) and (Albany Records), Dr. Toppin is currently a Professor of Voice at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, and the Director/President of the non-profit arts organization VIDEMUS. She is represented by Joanne Rile Artist Management and is in her fifth season touring in "A Gershwin Party" with pianist Leon Bates and tenor William Brown.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina (B.M., piano), Peabody Conservatory (M.M. piano, M.M. voice with Phyllis Bryn-Julson), and the University of Michigan, Dr. Toppin studied with many noted teachers including George Shirley, Reri Grist, Charlotte Holloman, Sylvia Olden Lee, Mattiwilda Dobbs and Martin Katz.

Participating Faculty

(Kehembe) Valerie Eichelberger, Professor and Chair of the Department of Music, completed her B.M. and M.M. at Howard University. She performs as soloist and in ensembles on all Kennedy Center stages, Wolf Trap Farm Park, and numerous universities in the D.C. area. Professor Eichelberger has performed with the Northern Virginia Opera, Washington Opera, Metropolitan Opera and Victoria Opera in Australia. She has appeared on radio, television, and on nine recordings. She has had roles in opera, oratorio, and musicals including Carmen, Carmen Jones, Harlem Nocturne, Verdi’s Requiem Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.

Lorraine M. Faxio, Professor of Music Education and Interdisciplinary Studies in the Department of Music, Howard University, received her B.M. Ed. from Howard University and her M.M. Ed. from Indiana University. Professor Faxio completed post graduate study in Communication and Voice study with Todd Duncan and was a recipient of numerous research grants. One research project included an article, “The Music program of the Works Progress Administration: A Documentation and Description of Its Activities with Special Reference to Afro-Americans” in More Than Dancing. Ed. Irene Jackson-Brown, Greenwood Press.

Fred Irby, III, Professor of Music, has been a member of the Howard University Music Department since 1974. He is the Coordinator of Instrumental Music, trumpet instructor and the director of the internationally acclaimed Howard University Jazz Ensemble. Professor Irby is a charter member of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, serving as Principal Trumpet of the Musical Theatre Orchestra and he is on the Board of Directors of the International Women's Brass Conference.

Raymond Jackson, Professor of Music, earned undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, and The Juilliard School, New York City. An internationally celebrated pianist, educator and lecturer, professor Jackson has researched and promoted the piano music of African-American composers in the United States, Europe, Russia, and the West Indies, and has received or won numerous honors, prizes for his scholarship and performances. Among these performances were the first recording and world premiere of Adolphus Hailstork's Sonata No. 1 at the National Gallery of Art in 1988.  

Saïs Kamalidiin, Assistant Professor (Jazz Studies), teaches African and African American Music History, Graduate Studies and Flute. A music ethonologist, Dr. Kamalidiin is a Fulbright scholar and has done extensive music research in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Zambia, Togo and Egypt. On flute, he has performed both nationally and internationally and is a featured performer on numerous recordings. Dr. Kamalidiin is the major historical consultant on the forthcoming book The Flute in Jazz: Window on World Music by Peter Westbrook (Berkeley Hills Publishers). Dr. Kamalidiin received his Ph.D. from

Nicholas Lewis, Assistant Professor, is currently the bass clarinetist of the Richmond Symphony and principal clarinetist of the Williamsburg Symphonia. In the summer, Mr. Lewis serves as principal clarinetist of the Bard Conductor’s Institute and as a member of the Gateways music Festival. He received his B.M. and M.M. from Carnegie Mellon University. Nicholas Lewis hold recordings on the Carnegie Mellon, Mode, and New World labels.

Timothy Macek, Lecturer, is the Instructor of Violin, Viola, and Chamber Music, as well as director of the Howard University Chamber Orchestra. For the past 20 years Mr. Macek has been a member of the Washington Opera/Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. He holds degrees from West Virginia University and the Hartt School of Music and is a frequent local recitalist.

Mark K. Mauldin, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Music Education. Formerly a Music Specialist in the public school system of Northeastern Ohio, Mr. Mauldin is a low brass specialist with emphasis on trombone. He has appeared at the Wolftrap, The Kennedy Center, Baltimore's Hippodrome Theater, Ford's Theater and The National Building Museum. Mr. Mauldin is currently working toward completion of his Ph.D. in Music Education at Kent State University.

Connaitre Miller, Assistant Professor (Jazz Voice), spent six years in Adelaide, South Australia, where she built a well-respected jazz voice program at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide. Ms. Miller sang with "The Axidentals" under the direction of Gene Aitken which performed with such artists as Bobby McFerrin, The New York Voices, The Nylons, Gary Burton, Eddie Daniels, Dave Brubeck and Art Garfunkel. She has appeared as a guest lecturer at the 4th World Symposium on Choirs and Choral Music in Sydney, Australia and The Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference in Brisbane, Queensland. Ms. Miller obtained a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance in 1987 from Kansas State University in Manhattan.

James Kevin Moore, Assistant Professor (Voice), is a winner in the NW Regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions, and is a winner of six other major vocal competitions.  An active performer of opera, concert/recital and musical theater, he has been contracted to perform two roles and a number of recitals in the month-long Natchez Festival of Music in Natchez, Mississippi in May.

Drew Owen, Lecturer (Violoncello), holds cello performance degrees from the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati and from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has performed with the New Orleans Symphony, Washington National Opera, the Baltimore Symphony, and the National Symphony. He was principal with the Baltimore Opera and is currently on the faculty of the Washington Conservatory of Music and Howard University . Drew is also a published cartoonist whose work can be seen at

Charles Timbrell, Professor of Music (Piano), Coordinator of Keyboard Studies, holds degrees in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory (B.M.), the University of Michigan (M.M.), and the University of Maryland (D.M.A.). He is the winner of numerous awards and grants from these institutions, Howard University, and the University of Louisville. He has performed throughout the United States and Europe and recorded for Dante Records. He is the author of three books, performance editions of piano music by Chopin and Bizet, and more than forty articles in the current edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

Karen Walwyn, Assistant Professor of Music (Piano), has appeared on many stages in the U.S. in such as halls as Merkin Hall, ( New York City), and has appeared on numerous radio stations including National Public Radio, (NPR). Her compact discs entitled Dark Fires: 20th Century Music for Piano, Vol. I and Dark Fires: Walwyn and Friends, Vol. II (Albany Records) include premiere recordings of classical works by African-Americans. Her newest recording entitled Creative Afternoons: Classical Music for Children, (Kadoro Klassics) accompanied by her activity workbook from the Classical Composers Educational Series was recently published and released by Kadoro Klassics. Dr. Walwyn received her D.M.A from the University of Michigan.

Visiting Guest Artist

Candace Johnson (soprano) D.M.A. from The University of Michigan (2006) currently holds a Chancellor's postdoctoral fellowship in the department of music at the University of California ( Berkeley), where she conducts research on African-American solo song literature under the mentorship of composer Olly Wilson. In addition to conducting research, Candace performs in recitals, concerts, and opera productions, and teaches in the Young Musician's Program at UC Berkeley.


Dr. Tritobia Hayes-Benjamin, Associate Dean, Division of Fine Arts
Professor Kehembe V. Eichelberger, Chair, Department of Music
Ms. Glenda H. Brown, Administrative Assistant, Department of Music
Tanisha Jackson, Videographer

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