Standing either as the conductor or artistic director of four different choral groups, in addition to holding two university teaching positions, Vinroy D. Brown Jr.
has carved out an impressive niche in the world of choral music and music education. He is also involved in a number of organizations to advance equity for Black music professionals. In an interview with Composium, Professor Brown shared some details about his career and his experience fighting for diverse musical representation.
Growing up in the Pentacostal church, Brown has engaged with religious music from a very early age. "I went to high school and had a formidable choir director...Because of the experience I had in my high school choir, I decided I would pursue music education when I got to Westminster [Choir College]," he described. He would eventually graduate with a B.M. in sacred music as well as music education, as the sacred music major was "a great way to honor [his] upbringing". He soon was teaching in local public schools and at Westminster Choir College itself, before earning an M.A. in Practical Theology from Regent University.