Guilherme Feitosa de Almeida, pianist, conductor, and teaching artist, a native Brazilian, completed his Master in Music at Baylor University in 2008. He earned a Bachelor in Sacred Music with emphasis in Composition at the Seminário Teológico Batista do Norte do Brasil in Recife (Brazil) in 2005.
Previously, Professor Almeida taught at McLennan Community College (Waco), Centro de Educação Musical de Olinda (Olinda/Brazil), Conservatório Pernambucano de Música (Recife/Brazil). Prof. Almeida is an ordained minister in the Baptist tradition.
A much sought after music director, performer, liturgist, and consultant, Prof. Almeida is immersed in storytelling, spirituality and the arts, transformational education, and social justice.
He has presented at the Goiânia Opera Festival (Vocal Music of the Baroque - Performance Practices), at the Political Theology Network (A Canção do Senhor na Terra Brasileira - Liturgies of Resistance), at the Baptist International Conference on Theological Education (TogetHEr: Re-imagining, Re-reading HERstory in the Church). Lately, he has led worship for the Baptist World Alliance Annual Gatherings (2017 - Thailand, 2018 - Switzerland, 2019 - The Bahamas).
Recently Prof. Almeida joined the 2020 cohort of CAS Creation & Scenario in Music at the Zurich University of the Arts where he will study and craft contemporary practices of communication and collaboration involving Theatre (Direction, Scenography), Music (Composition, Performance, Conducting), and Technology (Sound Design and Sound Architecture).
Additional research and creative projects: Theatre of the Oppressed (Beteli Center, Peace Cathedral, Seeds of Hope Publishers - Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia); The Colonizing Practices of Ethnography (Brown Fellowship at the Mayborn Museum); Musical Theatre and Social Identities applied to the Early American Popular Song (Frances G. Spencer Collection of American Popular Sheet Music); Music Direction and Vocal Coaching - Strategies Applied to The Zulu and the Zayda; Pedagogy of the Oppressed; Integration of Abilities - Paul Baker; Queer Theory.
Prof. Almeida's 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. As recitalist he crafted acclaimed performances with singers David W. Pershall, Marília Álvares, Michael and Teri Johnson, and Amarílis de Rebuá.
Upcoming projects include: Composer and Music Director for Yerma at Baylor Theatre, and Composer for a new production/translation of Goethe's Faust with Director Raphael Parry at the University of Texas - Dallas.
Guilherme is currently represented by the Harwood Management Group, Inc.