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Lecture: A Cappella Brings Young Students Together 

Lifelong Learning Institute Lecture

  • November 21, 2017 at 10:30 am

Gregory Family Theater

Speaker: Thomas (Tommy) Tutwiler

Presented by the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas

Tommy Tutwiler, the choral director at C.D. Hylton High School, will share with us the beauty and intricacy of a cappella music. To help demonstrate this unique choral technique, he will bring members of the C.D. Hylton choral group, the “Troubadours,” to perform for us. They will provide an excellent introduction to Chanticleer, a professional a cappella group, performing “A Chanticleer Christmas.”

Tommy Tutwiler holds a master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a bachelor’s degree in music education and psychology from James Madison University. He taught at Broadway and Harrisonburg High Schools and is now in his fifteenth year as choral director at C.D. Hylton High School. Mr. Tutwiler is in his twentieth year of singing professionally with the Choir of Men, Boys, and Girls at Washington National Cathedral. This spring, he will be the guest conductor of the first ever Connecticut All-State SSAA Chorus. He has been an adjunct instructor for graduate level choral literature courses at James Madison University and Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2015, Mr. Tutwiler was named High School Teacher of the Year by Dale City in Prince William County, as well as Alumni Music Educator of the Year by James Madison University.

The C. D. Hylton High School Troubadours are a select 22-voice chamber choir chosen by audition. Formed in 1991, the ensemble studies and performs a diverse repertoire of innovative and traditional choral music emphasizing masterworks and miniatures from the 16th through the 21st centuries. As the school’s top choral ensemble, these talented young people serve as musical ambassadors both locally and throughout the state, with many members achieving membership in county, district, and state level honor choirs. The Troubadours’ rigorous annual performance itinerary includes the presentation of a Renaissance Madrigal Feaste in full period costume, as well as singing Choral Evensong at Washington National Cathedral.

This event is open to the public. For more information about the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas, visit: lli-manassas.org

Affiliated Performance:  Chanticleer: A Chanticleer Christmas
Sunday, 2:00 p.m., Nov. 26 Hylton Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $55, $47, $33. Purchase tickets online at HyltonCenter.org, or by phone 888-945-2468, or at the ticket office, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va.