Cailin Marcel Manson

Baritone and conductor Cailin Marcel Manson photographed in Estabrook Hall at Clark University, where he is currently an associate professor of practice in music and director of music performance. 

His impressive vocal talent was known about him from an early age much more so than it was known by him. The Keene Chorale Music Director Cailin Marcel Manson is a 2021 Ewing Arts Award honoree in the Performing Arts category. Manson is an internationally recognized Black classical vocalist and conductor.

His father, an environmental chemist, and his mother, a certified professional accountant, sang but not professionally. Music was all around him growing up in what he calls the diverse urban area of Philadelphia, but it wasn’t classical. His mother took him to the symphony, but jazz and hip-hop were bigger influences back then and church was the biggest inspiration, a place where he was exposed to Bach in German and gospel.

Cailin Marcel Manson is a recipient of the Performing Arts award. Video by Hannah Schroeder / Sentinel Staff

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