George Skipworth

Composer

George Skipworth

Dr. George Skipworth enjoyed an early international career as a concert pianist before appearing with over forty orchestras and numerous opera companies as a concert and operatic bass-baritone.  Since then, he has toured much of the western world as a symphonic and operatic conductor, and was among the first American conductors to work with major Russian and Ukrainian orchestras after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Conducting appearances include much of Europe and the west as well, and he has appeared with numerous opera companies.

A lifelong composer, Skipworth's symphonic choral, vocal, instrumental, chamber, and ballet works have been premiered on both sides of the Atlantic. Intimations of Immortality, for large chorus and orchestra, was premiered by the Volgograd Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. Four Irish Songs for Soprano & Orchestra debuted at the Dublin International Symphonic Festival, and Prayer to the Goddess received its first hearing in the Aegean Verdi Festival. The Requiem Mass was premiered in two Baltimore venues on successive nights, and the Solemn Processional & Te Deum was introduced at the St. George's Choral Festival in Memphis. Although the concert works are progressive, Skipworth enjoys composing anthems and other short works for numerous genres by request to fit into cultural and denominational preferences. His body of anthems reflect everything from Southern Baptist to High Anglican styles, with virtually everything in between, and several song cycles have been premiered. The Chicago Songs were composed for bass, baritone, or bass-baritone voice, and his Eight Songs on Poetry of Emily Dickinson has been catalogued in the International Emily Dickinson Collection.