The William Warfield Scholarship Fund
41st Anniversary Benefit Concert
Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music
Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, 4:00 P.M.
Featuring recently-appointed scholarship recipient Jonathan Rhodes, Tenor.
Tickets: $20 at the door
($10 for students with ID)
2017-2018 WWSF Recipient
Eric Townell, Emcee, Artistic Director of the Rochester Oratorio Society
ROCMusic Collaborative, Alexander Peña, Lead Teaching Artist, Director
Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church Male Chorus, Thomas Green, Sr., Director
Taiiz Ocasio, Soprano, School of the Arts(SOTA/RCSD)
Joining Rhodes on the concert program
are the Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church Male Chorus, Thomas Green,
Sr., Director; ROCMusic Collaborative, Alexander Peña, Founding Director
and Lead Teaching Artist; and soprano Taiiz Ocasio, from the Rochester
City School District’s School of the Arts.
Rhodes is a sophomore vocal
performance major at the Eastman School of Music, studying with
Professor Anthony Dean Griffey. Originally from Orlando, FL, Jonathan
made his performance debut in the premiere of Memory Boy with the
Minnesota Opera’s youth program in the principal role of Kurz.
Jonathan’s ensemble experience includes the Eastman Chorale, the Bach
Festival Society, as well as a touring choir with Hans Zimmer in 2017.
Jonathan was also the recipient of the Eastman Voice and Opera
Department’s Freshman Jury award. Last November, he performed the role
of Liberto in Eastman Opera Theatre’s production of Monteverdi’s
L’Incoronazione di Poppea. Outside of music, Jonathan is pursuing a dual
degree in Political Science at the University of Rochester.
Since its founding in 1977, the
William Warfield Scholarship Fund has provided financial aid to more
than 35 students at the Eastman School of Music (ESM) and spotlighted
talented recipients in the annual benefit concert. The concert, a major
fundraiser for the organization, advances its dual missions of promoting
opportunity for deserving African-American artists pursuing a career in
vocal performance through advanced training at the Eastman School of
Music and fostering wider recognition for the life and legacy of William
Warfield. Scholarship recipients are nominated by Eastman faculty based
on criteria of demonstrated ability and financial need. Many sustain
their deep connection to Rochester throughout their careers through
performances with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rochester
Oratorio Society and other professional ensembles.
Recipients of the William Warfield
Scholarship have included soprano Julia Bullock, winner of the 2014
Walter W. Naumburg Foundation’s International Vocal Competition; soprano
Nicole Cabell, winner of the 2005 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World
competition; and bass-baritone Jamal Moore, who was featured with the
University of Rochester a cappella ensemble The Yellowjackets on the NBC
competition The Sing-Off in 2011.
William Warfield was known worldwide for
his work as a soloist, recitalist, actor, and narrator. Born in
Arkansas, he moved to Rochester with his family as a young boy and
attended Rochester city schools. During his senior year, he won the
National Music Educators League Competition and a full scholarship to
any American music school of his choice. Warfield chose the
Eastman School of Music, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s
degrees in 1942 and 1946, respectively. He is best known for his
portrayals of Porgy in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and of Joe, the dock
hand, in the movie Showboat. In 1984, Warfield won a Grammy Award for
his narration of Aaron Copland’s A Lincoln Portrait accompanied by the
Eastman Philharmonia. He died in 2002 at the age of 82.
Have questions about 2018 William Warfield Scholarship Concert?
Contact Thomas Green 585-703-8553