Collin Whitfield's versatility as a composer, conductor, pianist, organist, and singer has earned him numerous accolades. His compositions have been described by librettist Nicholas Giardini as "beautiful, rapturous and unabashedly romantic, without any of the failings that so often accompany these qualities." His piece for the International Low Brass Trio was praised by the San Francisco Examiner for being a "rethinking of form [integrating] genres into a distinctively unique texture." During his time at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, he was selected as a first prize winner in the Biennial Art Song Composition Competition.
His conducting has been praised by Dr. Jacques Desjardins as demonstrating "poise, command, and charisma, warranting engaging renditions of a wide variety of repertoire under his direction." He has been hired as a conductor on numerous occasions, both for choirs and chamber ensembles, and has self-produced and directed many solo and collaborative concerts over the last ten years.
As a performer, Collin has been hired to perform for numerous churches, community theater programs, senior residence homes, high school music programs, solo and ensemble festivals, district and state choral festivals, weddings, funerals, banquets, and parties. His total combined repertoire is substantial, encompassing not only a wide range of concert music, but also jazz, pop, rock, and standards of the Great American Songbook. In 2011, he received a first prize scholarship for voice from the Rochester Tuesday Musicale in Michigan, and he was also the recipient of their honorary scholarship the following year. He has served as accompanist for the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra under the direction of Ming Luke; Chora Nova and the California Bach Society, both under the direction of Dr. Paul Flight; and also under the baton of maestro Ragnar Bohlin, multi-Grammy award winning director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Vance George, the Director Emeritus of the SF Symphony Chorus, said of his accompanying: "in all my years spent with the Verdi Requiem, I've never heard anyone play it better."
Currently, he serves as Music Director and Organist at Mason United Methodist Church in Tacoma and Middle School Choir Director at St. Joseph School in Seattle. He was awarded the 2018 annual scholarship by the Tacoma AGO chapter to continue his private organ studies with Dr. Paul Tegels from Pacific Lutheran University. Collin received his Bachelor of Music in Composition degree in May of 2016 from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied with notable composers David Conte and Mason Bates.