Associate Conductor and Accompanist
Darryl has served as Associate Conductor and Accompanist for the Heritage Chorale since 1987, six years after coming to Boston from Michigan. There he had received his B.Mus. from Michigan State University, studying with Ralph Votapek and Deborah Moriarty. In Boston, he earned his M.Mus. from New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Patricia Zander.
DEDHAM CHORAL SOCIETY
COMMONWEALTH SCHOOL CHORUS AND CHORALE
Assistant Conductor and Accompanist
At present, in addition to being a valued member of the Heritage Chorale family, he also serves as assistant conductor and accompanist for Coro Allegro, the Dedham Choral Society, and the Commonwealth School Chorus and Chorale.
Darryl's performing career often features him as a champion of leading African and African-American composers. At the Festival of African and African-American Music in St. Louis in 2000 he premiered The Spring of Esentre by Gyimah Labi, Concertino Africana for Piano and Orchestra by Paul Konye, and participated in the North American premiere of Baptism of Fire – Symphony Concertante for Three Pianos and Orchestra by Gyimah Labi. In December 2002 he performed a recital of African Piano Music at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Then in April 2003, he gave the world premiere of Three Ivory Magnolia Fantasies by Gary Nash in a recital at Mississippi Valley State University.
Internationally, Darryl performed premieres of works by Paul Konye, Wallace Cheatham, Akin Euba, Gary Nash, Robert Kwami and Joshua Uziogwe in August 2003 at The International Symposium and Festival on Composition in Africa and the Diaspora at Churchill College, Cambridge, England, and in July 2005 at the New Music Indaba Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa, with soprano Dawn Padmore. Additionally, he and Ms. Padmore performed a recital of African piano and vocal music at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in January 2007.
In May 2007, Darryl was featured as piano soloist in the Heritage Chorale’s performance of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia.
Darryl's chamber ensemble, Mundial, presented its premiere concert for the Wayland Concert Series in November 2014, performing chamber works of African and African-American composers.