Never Give Up! is a positive anthem written for SATB and Piano. “This piece is a perfect example of the impact and power of music in the lives of our youth today. Their words in tandem with Dr. Dilworth’s music make this a perfect piece (a positive anthem of sorts) for today’s middle and high school students.” -Eugene Rogers, Series Editor
The lyrics for Never Give Up! were created with the following themes in mind: perseverance, compassion, empathy, and collaboration (working together). The message of the text was designed to inspire us and remind us that by maintaining a positive attitude and believing in one’s self (and in one another), we can triumph over any obstacles and adversity that arise.
Meet The Composer
Rollo Dilworth is Professor of Choral Music Education and Chair of Music Education and Therapy at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in choral music education, Dilworth conducts the “Singing Owls” Campus/Community Chorus. His choral publications can be found in the catalogs of Hal Leonard, Colla Voce, and Santa Barbara. His choral pedagogy books entitled Choir Builders have been widely circulated among elementary, secondary, community, and church choral directors. He is a contributing author for Essential Elements for Choirs and Experiencing Choral Music. He served as a lead author for the Voice in Concert textbook series. Dilworth frequently serves as a guest conductor and/or clinician for festival and all-state choirs throughout the United States and abroad. He currently serves as Immediate Past Chair of the Board for Chorus America.
About The Premiere
Never Give Up! was premiered at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Philadelphia, PA on May 19, 2016 in collaboration with Elizabeth McAnally and Fran Surkin, Co-Directors.