Darryl Hollister, Associate Conductor and Accompanist
Darryl Hollister, a native of Michigan, came to the Boston area in 1981 to pursue graduate studies in piano with Patricia Zander at the New England Conservatory of Music. He has served as Associate Conductor and Accompanist for the Heritage Chorale since 1987. In addition to the Heritage Chorale, he serves as assistant conductor and accompanist to Coro Allegro, the Dedham Choral Society, and the Commonwealth School Chorus and Chorale.
Since he has started championing the works of African and African-American composers, Mr. Hollister has performed premieres of works by various leading composers. At the Festival of African and African-American Music in St. Louis in 2000 he premiered The Spring of Esentre by Paul Konye. In April 2003 he gave the world premiere of Three Ivory Magnolia Fantasies by Gary Nash in a recital at Mississippi Valley State University. In July 2005 he was invited to perform at the New Music Indaba Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa, with soprano Dawn Padmore. As recently as January 2007, Mr. Hollister and Ms. Padmore performed a recital of African piano and vocal music at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The Heritage Chorale was delighted to feature Darryl Hollister as piano soloist in Beethoven’s Fantasia in C minor for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra, Op. 8 in the 2006 – 2007 concert season.