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Classical Roots Choir


At the center of Classical Roots is the all-volunteer Classical Roots Community Mass Choir, led by William H. Caldwell. The 150-member choir consists of members representing over 50 churches and performs in concerts and collaborations throughout the year, culminating in the annual Classical Roots concert. The Classical Roots community also has vital support from volunteer choral music leaders, clergy leadership, church partners and a collection of passionate supporters and leaders who represent the diversity of the region.

William Henry Caldwell is a choral conductor, voice clinician and baritone soloist. He serves as resident conductor for the CSO’s Classical Roots Community Mass Choir and has also led the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus for the Cleveland Orchestra for the past decade. He served as professor of music and chairman of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Central State University and was director of the Grammy-nominated Central State University Chorus for over 30 years.

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