PHC 2016 Conductors


Doug Pankratz

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Doug has been active in the Winnipeg choral scene for many years and is passionate about choral music. Doug is a graduate of Canadian Mennonite Bible College Music program (now Canadian Mennonite University) with a major in voice and a minor in conducting. He is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg Education program. He has been employed by Winnipeg Mennonite Elementary/Middle School for over 20 years conducting Middle School bands and choirs. He is presently teaching K-8 Physical Education and Outdoor Education, his other passion. Doug has been a long standing member of Canzona, a Baroque choir, and has sung with Winnipeg Singers for over twenty-five years. Doug is also a member of Encore Vocal Quartet. Encore performs several times a year in Winnipeg and in southern Manitoba. Over the past several years, he has performed with the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir, Mennonite Festival Chorus, Camerata Nova, and the Manitoba Opera Chorus.


Cynthia Peyson Wahl

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Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Music Education, a diploma in Contemporary Music, and a Master of Music Education. She currently teaches vocal jazz, choir and musical theatre at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute, and is the jazz choir director at Canadian Mennonite University. At DMCI, her choirs have presented Showcase concerts at the Choral Canada Podium conference (2010) and the Canadian Rocky Mountain Festival in Banff in (2011 and 2013). In 2011 and 2012, her choirs won the Earl Grey Trophy for Outstanding performance at the Winnipeg Music Festival, and in 2011, her Chamber Choir won the Lieutenant Governor’s Trophy for most outstanding performance of the festival. In 2012, Cynthia was the recipient of the Michael Proudfoot award for excellence in choral teaching. Cynthia enjoys a busy schedule as a clinician and workshop presenter, regularly travelling across Canada and the US to work with choirs of all genres.





Rollo Dilworth

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Dilworth is Professor of Choral Music Education and Chair of the Department of Music Education and Therapy at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia, PA. He has served on the faculty since 2009. Prior to his position with Boyer College, he taught music education and was the director of choral activities for 13 years at North Park University in Chicago, where he prepared and conducted numerous extended and choral- orchestral works. Before teaching at the college level, Dilworth also taught choral and general music at the middle school level in his hometown of St. Louis, MO. Dilworth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH), a Master of Education degree in Secondary Education and Music from the University of Missouri-St. Louis (St. Louis, MO) and a Doctor of Music degree in Conducting Performance from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). Dilworth is currently National Board Chair for Chorus America. During his doctoral program at Northwestern University, Dilworth was accepted into the composition studios of Robert Harris, Pauline Oliveros, and Marta Ptaszynska. Throughout his career, he has written or arranged African American spirituals, gospel songs, Broadway selections, art songs, vocal exercises, and a musical - all of which are frequently performed by school, church, community, university and professional choirs in the United States and abroad. The majority of Dilworth’s choral scores are works commissioned by community and professional ensembles.