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Waltye Rasulala (Soprano, Choral Conductor)

Born: USA

The American soprano and choral conductor, Waltye Rasulala, graduated from Westminster Choir College of Rider University with a Bachelor of Music in Voice and Master of Music in Choral Conducting, She was a member of the famed Westminster Touring Choir and Westminster Symphonic Choir. Performances with these choirs included the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra and Princeton Symphony under the batons of conductors, Leonard Bernstein, Bruno Walter, Sir John Barbirolli and Herbert von Karajan and Eugene Ormandy.

As a vocalist/actress Waltye Rasulala has performed in productions in New York, Los Angeles and Raleigh, North Carolina. She has entertained audiences in both concert halls and theatres. She was the featured artist with the Mallarmé Chamber Players in their concert "American Music From The Harlem Renaissance," has performed with pianist Brenda Bruce and flutist Pam Nelson in a "Tribute to Schubert" for the , North Carolina Museum of Art, a concert for the 50th Anniversary of the North Carolina Art Museum and a program entitled "An Evening of Spain and itís Influences" at Page-Walker Art Center in Cary. She recently performed a concert of "Music from Around the World" at The Glebe in Daleville, Virginia. Theater performances have included the New York City Broadway Production of Hello Dolly as Mrs. Rose and as understudy in role of Irene Malloy, in Los Angeles as Mrs. Murrant in the Inner City Theater production of Kurt Weilís Street Scene. Local audiences have enjoyed her as Sister Sara in the NCCU Theater production of Guys and Dolls, as Heidi in Theater in the Parkís production of Follies, in productions of I Love a Piano, a tribute to Irving Berlin, and Serenading the Moon: the songs of Johnny Mercer at NCSUís Thompson Theatre.

Waltye Rasulala worked for 25 years as Public Affairs Director/Anchor, and an Emmy Award-winning producer for WRAL-TV. While she worked as Public Affairs Director for WRAL-TV5, she was involved in numerous award-winning community projects. Some of her most memorable projects included: Success by Six, Project Tanzania, and Coats for the Children. She produced several public affairs shows, like Carolina Saturday, Assignment Sunday, Aware and Amazing Kids (aired on July 8, 1997). Since 1997, she served as Director of Grants for the A.J. Fletcher Foundation, and Development Director for the North Carolina Partnership for Children. She additionally holds Emmy Awards for childrenís programming at WJLA-TV, Washington, DC, and the North Carolina News Directors Award for Public Affairs at WRAL-TV. In 1986, she was awarded the Raleigh Medal of Arts for her outstanding music contributions and support of the arts to the City of Raleigh.

Waltye Rasulala's church positions include assistant minister of music at West Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, Delaware and interim choirmaster at St. Lukeís Episcopal Church, Durham, North Carolina. She now serves as Choir Master for Church of the Nativity in Raleigh. Additionally she teaches piano and conducts a children's choir at the Community Music School.

Source: CVNC Website; Church of thre Nativity in Raleigh Website; Bits & pieces from other sources
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (October 2014)

Waltye Rasulala: Short Biography | Recordings of Vocal Works

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CVNC: Biographies of Board of Directors and Staff
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