2018 Conference Conductors

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2019 – Choral Conductor, Dr. Harlan Zackary

Dr. Harlan Zackery, Jr., is Director of Choral Activities and conductor of the Concert Choir at Norfolk State University. He completed the Bachelor of Music degree in music education, cum laude, as well as the Master of Music in choral conducting at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he was a 2004 winner of the UNCG Conducting Competition. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. Zackery has taught band and chorus in middle and elementary schools in North Carolina. In addition, he has served as assistant director of the Durham Youth Symphony. He has taught on the music faculties of Winston-Salem Bible College, the North Carolina School of the Arts and Jackson State University. He has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico and Canada as a piano soloist, accompanist, conductor and clinician. In 2012, Zackery, along with Dr. D. Royce Boyer, co-founded the Jackson Metro Male Chorus, a skillful group of male singers of all ages, residing in the metro-Jackson area. He has also served as accompanist and assistant artistic director for the Jackson Choral Society and the Mississippi Chorus. Dr. Zackery is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity, and Pi Kappa Lambda music honor fraternity. Zackery is past vice-president of the Mississippi Girlchoir and currently serves on the executive board of the American Choral Directors Association and the Mississippi Boychoir.

2018 – Mr. Clifford Cox, II

Mr. Cox is from Detroit, Michigan and is a graduate of Hampton University, where he was a member of the Baritone section (E.U.), and served as graduate assistant to previous Directors Barney E. Smart and Alfred L. Davis, Jr. He received the Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Teaching from Hampton University. Mr. Cox previously taught at Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, VA where he arranged music and wrote drills for the Marching Band, directed the Orchestra, and directed the Jazz Ensemble. Mr. Cox is a member of the Pi Beta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha, Sinfonia Fraternity of America, Inc. and serves as one of the faculty advisors.

 2018 – Jazz Conductor, Dr. Adolph Wright

 Dr. Adolph E. Wright is Director of University Bands at Bowie State University. He served as President of the Intercollegiate Music Association from 2013-2015  As an alumnus of BSU, he takes great pleasure in directing the renowned “Symphony Of Soul” Marching/Pep Band, Concert Band, University Jazz Ensemble and “Symphony Of Soul” Orchestra (SOSO), in addition to teaching music and applied performance classes. His students benefit greatly from his expertise in the composition and arrangement of band and orchestral music, he has also contributed greatly to the youth educational programs of the District of Columbia Public School System, where he taught elementary, junior high and high school music students for over fifteen years. Dr. Wright dedicates eight weeks of each summer to introducing young artist to the fundamentals of music (concert, jazz, orchestra and musical theatre) and basic marching band techniques. He also coordinates an annual Brass, Woodwinds and Percussion Clinic held in the spring of each year, which is open to students on the junior high, senior high, collegiate and professional levels. Dr. Wright has served annually as an adjudicator for both concert and jazz band festivals since 1988.

Dr. Wright was a featured artist of the Chesapeake Orchestra’s 2017 River Concert Series.  The concert was titled “In the Beginning…Bach! Baroque Masterpieces and a Jazzy-Baroque Fusion Finish” which also featured Jeffery Silberschlag, trumpet; Victor Dvoskin, double bass; and Susannah Margaret, narrator.  Dr. Wright was commissioned by the Chesapeake Orchestra to arrange versions of “My Funny Valentine”, “A Night in Tunisia”, and “God Bless the Child” for Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra with vocals, which was featured during the Summer River Concert series.  Dr. Wright’s octet fusion group “Multiplicity” was premiered during a 2017 outdoor concert with an attending audience of 2,500 or more, in which the group performed repertoire such as Mr. J.J. by Jeff “Tain” Watts, Hey What You Deal’n With by Wycliffe Gordan as well as Black Codes From the Underground and Oh But On That Third Day by Wynton Marsalis. Additionally, Dr. Wright had the pleasure of performing with Oscar winning, Emmy-winning, and Grammy Nominated Maureen McGovern, best known for “The Morning After” from The Poseidon Adventure and “Can You Read My Mind” from the Superman soundtrack as well as Grammy Award winning jazz vocalist and pianist Diane Schuur along with the Clarence Knight Jazz Orchestra.

An outstanding musician, Dr. Wright has performed on tours in Austria, Barbados, Columbia, El Salvador, England, France, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Italy, Jamaica, Liechtenstein, Nicaragua, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, U.S. Virgin Islands and major U.S. cities.  His talent as a percussionist is his greatest musical asset as he is well versed in a multitude of percussion instruments and skilled in idioms of music ranging from Orchestral, Contemporary and Ethnic to Cultural, Jazz and Rock. Among his numerous professional engagements and recording projects, Dr. Wright has performed with countless national and international entertainers and organizations including: Kathleen Battle, Chuck Berry, David Benoit, Tom Brown, Cecil Bridgewater, Gene Chandler, ray Charles, The Chesapeake Orchestra, The Coasters, Bo Diddley, Tim Eyerman, Jon Faddis, Shawn Fleming, Aretha Franklin, Guy, Lionel Hampton, Milt Hinton, Freddie Jackson, Jennifer Holiday, Al Jarreau, Maurice Hines, Gladys Knight, Jerry Lee Lewis, Marilyn McCoo, Melissa Manchester, Melba Moore, Sam Moore, The National Symphony Orchestra, Pine Top Perkins, Lou Rawls, Wallace Roney, Ester Satterfield, Diane Schuur, Marlena Shaw, Percy Sledge, Sister Sledge, Kirk Stewart, Angie Stone, Donna Summers, Kevin Toney, Dionne Warwick, Bruce Willis and many others.  His performance credits also include the Broadway musicals “The “Wiz”, “God Spell”, “When Hell Freezes I’ll Skate”, “Behive”, “Raisin”, “Harlem Suite” and “Black Nativity”.

The BSU Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Wright has performed on the same stage with India Irie at the Strathmore Theatre and Ray Charles at Pier One in Baltimore, MD. The BSUJE performs annually at Blues Alley and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. respectively as well as are a featured ensemble at the Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival.  The BSU Jazz Ensemble has enjoyed exciting workshops with internationally renowned musicians Bob Mintzer, Ernie Watts and Sean Jones during the Annual Big Band Jam in Washington, DC.  The ensemble performed during the opening for the Mayor’s proclamation, that April 24th will henceforth be Andrew White Day in the District of Columbia. The event concluded with a performance critique by John Jenson of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and Steve Lipman, one of the country’s leading experts on contemporary music education. The BSU Jazz Ensemble was one of two big bands that performed during the Ella Fitzgerald 100th Anniversary on International Jazz Day in Washington, DC.  The group also recorded Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday” with two time “Grammy” award winner Raymond Reeder on the University Gospel Choir’s CD entitled “Magnify the Lord”.

2018 – String Conductor, Dr. Tim Holley

Timothy Holley is an alumnus of Baldwin Wallace University and The University of Michigan, where he studied with Regina Mushabac, Jerome Jelinek, Jeffrey Solow and Erling Bløndal Bengtsson. He has collaborated with the Mallarmé Chamber Players and the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra since 1997.

His doctoral dissertation focused on the cello music of African American composers, and his activities have continued in the study and performance of African American concert music. He has given world premiere performances of works by T. J. Anderson (Spirit Songs, commissioned by Yo-Yo Ma), William Banfield (“Soul Gone Home” for soprano and chamber ensemble with Nneena Freelon), and Trevor Weston (“Life Goes” for soprano and chamber ensemble with Louise Toppin), and Adolphus Hailstork (Theme and Variations for solo cello, and most recently the Sonata for Cello). He performed Valerie Capers’ Song of the Seasons for soprano, cello and piano with Louise Toppin in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York (2001). He can also be heard as an assisting artist on commercial recordings with Nneena Freelon (“Homefree”), Oral Moses (“Songs of America”), and with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra (“American Spectrum”).

He has participated in recent Gateways Music Festivals in Rochester, New York (2011, 2013), the VIDEMUS@25 Festival at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2012), and with VIDEMUS co-hosted A Symposium of Celebration, on the 100th birthday of Margaret Bonds’ at UNC-Chapel Hill and NC Central University in March 2013. He also participated in the inaugural Colour of Music Festival of Black Classical Musicians in October 2013 (Charleston, SC).

Dr. Holley has lectured on the diversity of African-American concert music, including Ludwig van Beethoven, George Bridgetower and the “Kreutzer” Sonata, the influence of the Negro spiritual on the cello music of African-American composers, and the poetry of Langston Hughes and its influence on the music of Howard Swanson. He has made cello transcriptions of works by William Grant Still, and contributed encyclopedia entries on the Negro String Quartet and the Symphony of the New World. He is an Associate Professor of Music at North Carolina Central University.

Research Interests

The Music of African-American composers; Jazz; The Aesthetics of Music Appreciation; Jazz and String Playing; African-American History; Poetry; Afro-American Music History; the Cello and Chamber Music of African American Composers; Orchestral and Chamber Music Performance, History & Appreciation.


DMA University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 1996
MMU University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 1984
BMU Baldwin-Wallace College 1982