Wallace McClain Cheatham

Biography

Wallace McClain Cheatham is an internationally recognized composer, performing artist, and scholar. His compositions, covering a variety of genres and published by prominent houses, have been programmed at festivals, symposiums, conventions, concerts, and recitals.  He has continued to grow as a musician, researcher, and teacher. From the podium, he has introduced major works of African-American composers to audiences in Wisconsin and Illinois. His compositions, which span a variety of genres, have been performed in national and international settings. Some of his scores have been published by Shawnee, Alfred, Master-Player Library, Oxford University Press, Southern Illinois University Press, and Jomar Press.
 
Dr. Cheatham's research dealing with opera as it relates to the African-American experience has been published in internationally circulated journals of scholarship. His book, Dialogues On Opera and The African American Experience, is housed in libraries worldwide. Dr. Cheatham was a public school music teacher for more than three decades. Recently, he was a guest professor at Wisconsin's Cardinal Stritch University. He has been called upon to be a piano accompanist for instrumentalists and singers, and a lecturer in national and international performance and professional venues.

Poets with whom he has collaborated include Stephanny  Alameen, Nikki Giovanni, and Matthew Umukoro. "Heaven On Mother Earth," his most recent score, completes a choral trilogy that deals with the three great institutions of learning: church, school, and  home.

 

ACE Publications

16 title(s)
Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
Wallace McClain Cheatham TOCCATA ON ACTS 2:1-4 A BAFFLING SCENE organ
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Wallace McClain Cheatham COLLECTION OF SONGS voice, pf
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Wallace McClain Cheatham GREAT INSTITUTIONS OF LEARNING mixed chorus, piano
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Wallace McClain Cheatham Heaven On Mother Earth SATB mixed chorus, piano
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Wallace McClain Cheatham DONE MADE MY VOW mixed chorus, organ
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Wallace McClain Cheatham IT IS GOOD TO GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD Choral, mixed, a cappella
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Wallace McClain Cheatham THERE SHALL COME FORTH mixed chorus, organ
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Wallace McClain Cheatham CYCLE OF ENCOUNTERS Medium - low voice and piano
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Wallace McClain Cheatham HE WILL PURIFY mixed chorus, organ
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Wallace McClain Cheatham NEW LIFE IN AN OLD WORLD mixed chorus, organ
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Wallace McClain Cheatham PSALM 117 mixed chorus, piano
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Wallace McClain Cheatham UMUKORO SONGS Medium voice, piano
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Wallace McClain Cheatham WALK ABOUT ELDERS SATB choral, with piano
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Wallace McClain Cheatham HYMN SUITE SATB a cappella
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Wallace McClain Cheatham GLORY HALLELUJAH SINCE I LAID MY BURDENS DOWN SATB mixed choir
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Wallace McClain Cheatham TRAMPING SATB choral, with piano
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