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|Brazilian born Guilherme Almeida is a conductor who now
resides in the US,
and is a Senior Lecturer at Baylor University. He has worked as conductor,
organist, harpsichordist, composer, and educator in the Musical Theatre, Opera,
Classical Music, and Global Music worlds.
His conducting debut occurred in 2001 (Joseph Haydn’s Zwölf Deutsche Tänze
and Nair Roméro de Mattos’ Brazilian Folk Songs), leading the Chamber
Orchestra at Escola Batista de Música e Artes - Goiânia. He has music directed
and performed many premieres including Estércio Marquez Cunha’s O Guarda
Noite, and Kooman and Dimond’s Dani Girl. He has also led choral
performances, including Sir John Stainer’s The Crucifixion.
As recitalist he crafted acclaimed performances with singers MaríliaÁlvares,
Michael and Teri Johnson, and Amarílis de Rebuá. Recital highlights include
Poesia e Piano, liederabend sponsored by the General Consulate of Germany in
Recife; Flemish and French Trombone Music, with Alexandre Magno; Four
Hand Piano Recital, Andréia da Costa Carnalho.
His solo and chamber repertoire include works by Cavalli, Frescobaldi,
Marcello, Rameau, Beethoven, Brahms, Lalo, De Falla, Villa Lobos, Poulenc,
Damase, Poser, Schoenberg, Britten, Pann, Guastavino, Lacerda, Guarnieri.
Featured appearances include accompanist for: National Competition for The
Symphonic Orchestra of Goiânia, National Council Auditions (Southwest
Region) for The Metropolitan Opera.
Since 2011 Mr. Almeida serves as Senior Lecturer in Musical Theatre and
Collaborative Pianist at Baylor University. As the Music Director for Baylor
Theatre, Mr. Almeida has led numerous cabarets and stage productions
including: The Drowsy Chaperone, Gypsy, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dirty
Rotten Scoundrels, Legally Blonde, Into the Woods, Love’s Labour’s Lost.
Mr. Almeida received his musical and pianistic education first at the celebrated
Escola de Música e Artes Cênicas - Goiânia, under the guidance of Estércio
Marquez Cunha, Martha Martins, and Maria Lúcia Roriz. He later attended the
Seminário Teológico Batista do Norte do Brasil - Recife, under the guidance of
Ralph Manuel and Charla Greenhaw, and lastly at the School of Music at
Baylor University under the guidance of Krassimira Jordan. Mentors include
Günter Bauer (Piani, Composition, Chamber Music, Organ, Continuo), Jann
Cosart (Early Music Performance), Ângela Barra and Michael Johnson (Opera
Production), ApolônioAtaíde and Joana Azevêdo (Conducting).