Charles Anthony Silvestri


  • Creativity and Collaboration: The Genesis of a ‘new’ Coffee Cantata
    808 Howell St
    July 6 @ 11:00 am
    A conversation with John Muehleisen, composer, and Charles Anthony “Tony” Silvestri, librettist, exploring and illuminating the process for creating “Cantata Caffeinata.” Conversation will be facilitated by Dr. Wanda Griffiths, AGO Seattle 2022 New Music Chair.


Charles Anthony Silvestri is the author of three books as well as dozens of published works written for choral composers, and his words have been sung by thousands of choristers all over the world. He enjoys the creative challenges and rewards of the collaborative process and has had the privilege of working with many fine artists and composers such as Eric Whitacre, Ola Gjeilo, Dan Forrest, Andrea Ramsey, Kim Arnesen, and John Muehleisen, and for groups including the AGO, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, the Kings Singers, VOCES8, and many others. For inspiration he draws on his travels, his education as a medievalist, and his deep love of words and music. When he is not writing you may find him playing Irish traditional music at a pub or hunched over his desk painting medieval-style illuminations or sacred icons. As a clinician Silvestri speaks to choirs, classes, and concert audiences about his works, the creative process, the marriage of words and music, and about his collaborative relationships with composers.  A veteran educator with three decades of experience teaching kindergarten through college, he is currently a lecturer in ancient and medieval history at Washburn University and lives in Lawrence, Kansas. For more on Silvestri’s work, visit