Westfield State University Hosts Haitian Musician Sydney Guillaume
Westfield-Westfield State University’s Guest Lecture Series welcomes its first musical performer of the season, Haitian American composer, singer, and conductor Sydney Guillaume. The lecture will be held on Friday, October 21 at 6 p.m., followed by the concert from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Dever Stage in Parenzo Hall.
Guillaume is a composer known for his choral music, most of which are commissioned works for organizations such as Seraphic Fire, a Grammy-award nominee, the Westminster Chorus, and the Miami Children’s Chorus. Guillaume’s compositions have been praised by the Miami Herald for their “impressive maturity and striking melodic distinction.” His compositions have been performed around the world as well as at numerous conferences and international festivals.
“Mr. Guillaume is a leading composer, and has become very well known in the past five years. I have performed his works for several years, and find them challenging, beautiful, and full of life” said Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities Felicia Barber, who organized this event.
Barber said she hopes the event is inspiring and engaging for musicians, novice composers, choral performers and teachers. Felicia Barber also believes the event will enrich the community at large.
Being an active member in the choral community as a composer, singer, conductor, and clinician, Guillaume conducted the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 12 Honor Choir in 2013. Guillaume has also been the conductor of Imbroglio Sextet, a group of musicians from Haiti, Spain, Bolivia, and the United States. For the Los Angeles -based company Loyola Productions, he has written original film and documentary scores.
Guillaume is originally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He came to the United States when he was 11 years old and currently resides in Portland, OR. working full-time as a composer, conductor and clinician. Guillaume holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Composition from the University of Miami. He was named the “Outstanding Graduate for the Department of Music Theory and Composition” at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the Guest Lecture Series, visit http://www.westfield.ma.edu/guest-lecture-series.