Darrell James Rowader
POPS Symphony Chorus Director
Guest Orchestra Conductor
Darrell Rowader began his musical career as an operatic tenor as an apprentice artist with the Santa Fe Opera, going on to score successes in more than 25 operatic roles in 7 languages.
North American engagements included solo appearances with the St. Louis, Chicago, Toledo, San Jose, Phoenix, Green Bay, Musica Nova, Tulsa and Kankakee symphonies, the Rochester (N.Y.) Philharmonic, The Finger Lakes and Grant Park Music Festivals, The Buffalo (N.Y.) Philharmonic and Spoleto Festival U.S.A..
European engagements were with the Oxford Orchestra in Oxford and Cheltenham, England, the Academie de I=lle Saint Louis Orchestra La Madaleine in Paris, France; as well as solo performances in Vienna, Austria; Naples, Florence, Rome, Venice, Italy; St. Petersburg, Russia and throughout Ireland and Wales.
Mr. Rowader=s concert and oratorio credits include his debut at Carnegie Hall in Andrew Lloyd-Webber=s Requiem. He has been featured in WFMT-Chicago=s Beethoven Satellite Network in syndicated broadcasts of Telemann=s Der Tag Gerichts, Purcell=s King Arther, and Monteverdi=s Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (1610).
Mr. Rowader=s conducting career began as music director of the Phoenix based Choral society, Cantemus, having conducted and recorded; Mozart=s Requiem, Haydn=s Creation, Handel=s Messiah, Vivaldi=s Gloria and Dixit Dominus, Rutter=s Requiem, Faure=s Requiem, Rossini=s Stabat Mater and Bruckner=s Te Deum. He has also been guest conductor of the Arizona State University Choral Union=s performances of AOpera Nights@. Mr. Rowader was selected to conduct the 9-11 commemorative performance of James Demars= American Requiem with the Memorial Chorus and Symphony at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts in 2004.
Darrell is the choral conductor of The Prescott Pops Symphony Orchestra and founder and director of The Prescott Pops Symphony Chorus and has conducted over 23 concerts with the Pops.
Mr. Rowader is currently the director of Master Chorale at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona. He has been asked as a clinician to judge everything from solo and ensemble, to the regional Metropolitan Opera auditions in Phoenix. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, he now resides in Cherry, Arizona with his wife, Linda.