Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Bowling Green, Ohio Sentinel-Tribune: McGill 'Brothers use music to rise above troubled streets'

Irish Pianist Michael McHale with Clarinetist Anthony McGill & Flutist Demarre McGill

Post-Concert @bgsu (Bowling Green State University) from @michaelmchale (Michael McHale) with classical music's top brother-act @mcgillab (Anthony McGill) and @DemarreMcGill (Demarre McGill) - great playing!!

DeMarre McGill (left) speaks near his brother Anthony McGill (right) during a question and answer session with BGSU (Bowling Green State University) students at Donnell Theater.

Bowling Green, Ohio
Posted: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 9:49 am

Demarre and Anthony McGill came up with a lot of people watching out for them.

First of all were their parents, both teachers. Growing up on Chicago's South Side, they had to fend off plenty of negative influences, said Anthony McGill, 35.

But Demarre McGill, 39, said their parents made sure they were kept out of trouble.
Instead they were in a local youth orchestra full of talented young African-American musicians like themselves, all from the South Side.
There were music teachers and older students.
For Demarre McGill, there was internationally-renowned flutist Sir James Galway.
McGill recalled meeting him in Chicago at a cafe. The young flutist asked Galway, one of his heroes, for his cadenza on the Khachaturian flute concerto. Galway apologized, saying it hadn't been published.
Some days later, McGill received a package from Switzerland. It contained a manuscript with the cadenza.
They had so many people who watched out for them that now being models for younger musicians "is part of us," Demarre McGill said.
Anthony McGill recalled being approached by a young, classical African-American musician who said his mother put the McGill Brothers' photo up on the refrigerator.
The McGill Brothers were on campus Monday as the Dorothy E. and DuWayne H. Hansen Series artists.
They met with students, taught a master class and performed an evening recital.

Goddard Riverside Community Center & Harlem Chamber Players: Dvořák, Bach & Piazzolla Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 3 PM; Free, but reservation is required

Second Annual Colour of Music Festival (COMF) October 22-26, 2014 with 15-year old cello prodigy and national competition award-winner Sterling Elliott

Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799),
a prominent composer and violinist who was also
France's best fencer and leader of a Black Legion
in the French Revolution is featured at

Sterling Elliott

Charleston SC September 30, 2014 The Second Annual Colour of Music Festival (COMF) October 22-26, 2014 showcases the breadth and influence of blacks on the classical music world past and present. The five-day festival features top black musicians, vocalists, and orchestra leaders from across the globe performing piano, organ, voice recitals, and chamber works performed in historic venues across the City of Charleston, South Carolina.

A major highlight the Festival is guest appearances by 15-year old cello prodigy and national competition award-winner Sterling Elliott, a member of the family known as the Elliott Quartet of Virginia. He will perform with his quartet, in association with the Color of Music Virtuosi pre-Festival event, and as part of the Festival’s Masterworks program as a soloist. 

Sterling Elliott Colour of Music Festival appearances:

Colour of Music Virtuosi Sunday October 19, 7:00pm
Featuring 15 all-black classical musicians to close out the I’On Concert Series, Mount Pleasant SC

Elliott Quartet Friday, October 24 6:00pm
With Brendon Elliott, violin, Justine Elliott, violin, Dannielle Weems-Elliott, viola Sterling Elliott, cello, Brandee Younger, harp
featuring works by black composers Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges and Dominique Legendre and French composers Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel.

Finally Sterling Elliott will perform Victor Herbert’s Cello Concerto No 2 in E Minor Op. 20 under the direction of COMF Music Director Marlon Daniel and the Colour of Music Festival Orchestra as part of Charlestonia: A Folk Rhapsody Masterworks Program Saturday, October 25 at 8:00pm, Memminger Auditorium in downtown Charleston.

The First Prize Winner of the 2014 National Sphinx Competition, fifteen-year old Sterling Elliott began his cello studies at the age of three. The youngest of three siblings, he did not originally want to play the cello; he wanted to play the violin like his older brother and sister.

He was accepted into the Peninsula Youth Orchestra when at age 6 and at age 10 he became the Orchestra’s principal cellist. He also serves as principal cellist for the District Honors Orchestra.

Sterling is the Grand Prize winner of the First Presbyterian Young Artist Competition, winner of the 2013 York River Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and received a full scholarship to the Eastern Music Festival where he was a winner of their 2012 Concerto Competition. In August 2013, he appeared on NPR’s From the Top where he was announced as a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Award. Recently he has performed alongside pop superstar Jennifer Hudson. Sterling plays a Tupper cello generously loaned to him by Carlsen Cello Foundation.


Submitted photo: Sterling Elliott

The full Colour of Music Festival schedule can be accessed from the COMF Brochure. Full schedule and tickets online: www.colourofmusic.org or by calling (866) 811-4111.
Series packages with discounts up to 30% off are available.
For all-inclusive packages for college professors and administrators and/or for groups of ten (10) or more use code: GR. $7.00 for schools/church youth groups.
Tickets available at the door (credit card, cash or check) one hour before each performance.

Ben Holt Memorial Branch: Dr. Thomas Otten In Recital of H. Leslie Adams' 'Etudes' Part II, Sun. Oct. 19, 2014, 3:30 PM, Bowie (MD) State University

The H. Leslie Adams (b. 1932) Homepage is at: 
http://www.hleslieadams.com  H. Leslie Adams is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List by Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma, http://www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com

Thomas Otten
(Paul Dagys)

Colour of Music Festival, Charleston Oct. 22-26, 2014 Highlights Black Women Composers e.g. Joyce Solomon Moorman, Nkeiru Okoye & Dominique Le Gendre

Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799),
a prominent composer and violinist who was also
France's best fencer and leader of a Black Legion
in the French Revolution is featured at

Joyce Solomon Moorman

The Second Annual Colour of Music Festival (COMF) October 22-26, 2014 showcases the breadth and influence of blacks on the classical music world past and present. The five-day festival features top black musicians, vocalists, and orchestra leaders from across the globe performing piano, organ, voice recitals, and chamber works performed in historic venues across the City of Charleston SC.

A key feature of the 2014 Festival is the performance of works by three noted living black female composers: Nigerian-American Nkeiru Okoye, Trinidadian Dominique Le Gendre, and New York-based, South Carolina native Joyce Solomon Moorman.  Additional works by female black composers will feature Margaret Bond’s (1913-1972) I’ve Known Rivers and Florence Beatrice Smith Price’s (1887-1953) Night, Dances in the Canebrakes and Suite No. 1 for Organ.

Additional highlights on black female composers’ influences will be front and center on Thursday, October 23 at 8:30am with a special talk presented by Dr. Louise Toppin of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill on black female composers’ contributions to classical music with acclaimed violinist and COMF Concertmaster Jessica McJunkins providing musical accompaniment.

Black Female Composers’ Contribution to Classical Music Symposium
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23 • 8:30am • Charleston Museum
Dr. Louise Toppin, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Tickets: $15 adults; $10 seniors; $5 students
Ticket includes talk, panel discussion and vocal presentation featuring Ms. Toppin, then COMF Concertmaster Jessica McJunkins, violin, Edward Hardy, violin, Eugene Dyson, viola and Timothy Holley, cello performing Joyce Solomon Moorman’s Remembrances, 68 for String Quartet.

Nkeiru Okoye
An established voice in new music, her works have been performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, New Jersey Symphony and others. She has garnered numerous awards, commissions and commendations from MEET THE COMPOSER, the Virginia Symphony, MetLife Creative Connections, John Duffy Composer Institute, Composer’s Collaborative, Inc., the Walt Whitman Project, Yvar Mikhashov Trust for New Music and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). After penning her first composition at age 13 and winning first prize at a national competition, she pursued training as a composer.

Okoye’s best known works include Brooklyn Cinderella (2011, commissioned by American Opera Projects), Songs of Harriet Tubman (2007, on the CD Heart on a Wall), Phillis Wheatley (2005 recorded by the Moscow Symphony), Voices Shouting Out (2002, commissioned by the Virginia Symphony); African Sketches (2007-08, published in the Oxford University Press Anthology of Piano Music of the African Diaspora); and The Genesis.  She holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Rutgers University and currently serves on the composition faculty at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Voices Shouting Out............................................................. Nkeiru Okoye
Charlestonia: A Folk Rhapsody SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25 • 8:00pm
Masterworks at Memminger Auditorium, Marlon Daniel, conductor | Sterling Elliott, cello

Dominique Le Gendre
A world premiere will be showcased at the 2014 Colour of Music Festival.

Based in London, Trinidad-born composer Dominique Le Gendre has written music extensively for theatre, dance, film, television and radio drama for BBC Radio 3 and 4. She composed and produced music for all 38 Shakespeare plays recorded for audio, “The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare, “directed by Clive Brill.  Her musical language has been described as luminous, glittering and distinctive, reflecting the rich multi-culture of her Caribbean upbringing. 

In 2004 she was invited to become an Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House, (ROH2) Covent Garden, who commissioned her full-length opera “Bird of Night," directed by Irina Brown and premiered in October 2006 at the ROH Linbury Theatre.  Her chamber works have been commissioned and performed by The ROH chamber soloists, Philharmonia Orchestra, Manning Camerata, Lontano Orchestra, Tête-a-Tête Opera, Ibis Ensemble and British cellist Tony Woollard among others.

She has been Associate Artist to the Manning Camerata led by ROH concertmaster, Peter Manning with whom she collaborated on the Dramma per Musica of Seamus Heaney’s “The Burial at Thebes,” directed by Derek Walcott and premiered in 2008 at Liverpool8 and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.

In 2012 she co-curated with Melanie Abrahams " London is the Place for Me” a two-week festival to celebrate Trinidad/Tobago's 50th Anniversary. In 2013 Dominique was commissioned by New York’s Ensemble du Monde to premiere a new string quartet "Le Génie Humain" at the Festival of Afro Caribbean Composers in the Bahamas which will also be performed at the Colour of Music Festival.

Le Génie Humain (For Quartet)............................................................  Dominique Legendre
Elliott Quartet FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24 • 6:00pm •  Charleston Museum
Brendon Elliott, violin | Justine Elliott, violin | Dannielle Weems-Elliott, viola
Sterling Elliott, cello | Brandee Younger, harp

Le Génie Humain (World Premiere For Orchestra).................................. Dominique Le Gendre
Charlestonia: A Folk Rhapsody SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25 • 8:00pm
Marlon Daniel, conductor | Sterling Elliott, cello

Joyce Solomon Moorman
Grew up in Columbia, South Carolina and earned B. A. degree from Vassar College, a M. A. T. from Rutgers University, an M. F. A. from Sarah Lawrence College, and Ed. D. degree from Columbia University.

Recipient of the ASCAP Standards Panel Annual Award from 1990-2006. Her compositions have been performed by Lilan Parrot, Triad Chorale, Wilson Moorman, LonGar Ebony Ensemble, the Woodhill Chamber Ensemble, the Brooklyn Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble, After Dinner Opera Company, Sandra Billingslea, the Plymouth Chorus and Orchestra, the Cygnus Chamber Ensemble, the Moravian Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Classical Symphony. Ms. Moorman was a winner of the Vienna Modern Masters 1998 Millennium Commission Competition.

Her opera, “Elegies for the Fallen,” received a special commendation from the Nancy Van de Vate International Opera Competition for women composers in 2004. In 1997 she was appointed by the Governor of New York to the Advisory Music Panel for the New York State Council on the Arts. Currently she is an Associate Professor in the Music and Art Department at Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Remembrances, 68 for String Quartet.............................. Joyce Solomon Moorman
Colour of Music Festival Symposium Quartet
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23 • 10:30am • Charleston Museum (following 8:30am presentation)
Jessica McJunkins violin, Edward Hardy, violin, Eugene Dyson, viola and Timothy Holley, cello

The full Colour of Music Festival schedule can be accessed from the COMF Brochure. Full schedule and tickets online: www.colourofmusic.org or by calling (866) 811-4111. Series packages with discounts up to 30% off are available. For all-inclusive packages for college professors and administrators and/or for groups of ten (10) or more use code: GR. $7.00 for schools/church youth groups. Tickets available at the door (credit card, cash or check) one hour before each performance.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Demarre McGill & Kate Hatmaker, Art of Élan, Announce 8th Season of Concerts with The San Diego Museum of Art, Starting Oct. 28, 2014 with "Aria"

Steven Schick conducts Anna Clyne's "Within Her Arms" at the "Reflections: on loss" concert at the San Diego Museum of Art, February 2014. Photography by William Zauscher. 

Flutist Demarre McGill and violinist Kate Hatmaker are Art of Élan,

We are thrilled to announce our 8th season of concerts in partnership with The San Diego Museum of Art, which we're appropriately calling "The Song Goes On" in salute to the resilience and spirit of the San Diego Opera. The 2014-2015 season pays homage to the beauty and power of the human voice and that timeless expression of the human spirit--opera. This year's creative approach to programming will take concertgoers on a season-long journey of classical music and song. The musical arc, starting with ARIA and finishing with EPILOGUE, features the West Coast premiere of a new work by Chris Brubeck (son of famed jazz musician Dave Brubeck), the return of The Myriad Trio, the Art of Élan debut of local soprano Priti Gandhi, and a performance by Art of Élan's first-ever "ensemble in residence," The Formosa Quartet.   


October 28th, 2014 "Aria"
November 25th, 2014 "Entracte"
March 3rd, 2015 "Prayers and Songs"
April 28th, 2015 "Epilogue

All museum shows begin at 7PM and are followed by "Encore at the Prado," where concertgoers are invited to enjoy happy hour food and drinks with the musicians at The Prado, right next door in Balboa Park.

We look forward to seeing you soon!
~Kate & Demarre

Art of Élan presents
ARIA at The San
Diego Museum of Art
Tuesday, October 28th 
soprano Priti Gandhi   
aria: solo vocal piece with instrumental accompaniment

Art of Élan's eighth season at The San Diego Museum of Art begins with an engaging and varied program of lyrical works spanning four centuries, including dramatic and colorful compositions by the provocative 34 year-old composer Nico Muhly and the Art of Élan debut of sparkling local soprano Priti Gandhi in Respighi's Il Tramonto, an enchanting setting of Shelley's poem The Sunset for voice and string quartet. The program also features Argentinean composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, Baroque master Henry Purcell (excerpts from his opera The Fairy Queen), and Italian opera icon Giacomo Puccini's lush Chrysanthemums quartet.    

Tickets available at the door, in advance at the Museum, or online HERE!!! 

To purchase by phone, call the Museum Box Office at 619.232.7931. Ask for the season subscription discount!!

Our residency at ARTS...

Have you ever been to ARTS (A Reason To Survive) in National City? This fall is your chance!! On October 11th Art of Élan begins a 10-week residency with this fabulous organization that believes in the power of the arts and creativity to literally transform lives - especially those of kids. Consisting of weekly workshops, where ARTS students and alumni have the opportunity to work directly with Art of Élan musicians, the residency will culminate with a unique multidisciplinary and collaborative concert on December 6th, featuring the music of Terry Riley, David Lang and select ARTS music students and apprentices. 

To make things even MORE exciting, arts advocate Carol Lazier and the Stensrud Foundation have offered their support of this initiative with a $5000 challenge grant. Any amount donated between now and our culminating concert at ARTS on December 6th will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $5000. 

Dominique-René de Lerma: The Americanizing of Musicology, or Musica Ungetutsch


Dominique-René de Lerma

            Named for Dr. Eileen Southern (1920-2002), the Committee on Cultural Diversity of the American Musicological Society began issuing student travel grants in 1996.  This is one aspect evidencing an aggiornamento of AMS -- founded in 1934 -- which has taken place during the more recent decades.  The organization, which has published "JAMS" (Journal of the American Musicological Society) since 1948, for a long time defined its subjects along the tradition of European Musikwissenschaft of the times.
            This was when the scholarly discipline was new in the United States.  Up to that time, Americans had been nourished by "music appreciation" anecdotes and apocrypha such as retold by Sigmund Spaeth and Co., and then by the more accurate accounts by European exiles -- Paul Henry Láng, Manfred Bukofzer, Alfred Einstein, Willi Apel, and others -- who brought with them the subjects of their investigations.  For a long period, musicology in America meant European music history (the work of American-born Gustav Reece, as a monumental exemplar), perhaps occasionally venturing out of the past to the seventeenth century (and no, Monteverdi and Verdi were not the same!).
My mentor, Paul Nettl, had escaped from the Nazis in his own Czechoslovakia.  His dedication to such modernists as Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach did not inhibit him from consideration of the minorities and his son, Bruno Nettl, became a major spokesman for ethnomusicology, along with the new areas of inquiry the discipline obligated.  Imperialism was vanishing from cultural studies as it was on the political scene.

In compensation for the musical myopia, other groups examined not only social matters and more recent music, but even gave thought to American music.  That subject had been out of bounds academically.  Perhaps Charles Ives might have been mentioned in the classroom, mainly because of his quirks, but not Gershwin, and certainly not William Grant Still or Harry Burleigh!  Jazz had been prohibited in the practice rooms and had been far from the curriculum -- never mind that the professors worked their way through college on tenor sax.  One school refused to permit a student recitalist from playing Joplin as an encore, but a counterpart of his character pieces by a European was allowed.
I had been a consultant in the 1970s to a consortium of Black schools that had completed a year's federally-funded renovation of their course offerings.  When I commented that jazz had not entered the discussion, I was asked by a senor Black professor, "Do you really think a Black school should be teaching jazz?"  How things changed!  When I was at Peabody, Dean Eileen Cline designated my graduate course in Black music among the requirements, justifying this even for those with student visas because she believed that an American school should teach American music also.

            Along came the Bicentennial and with it, government funds.  Philosophies took a back seat to financial matters.   The Rockefeller Foundation began its series of New World Records, which served as a remedial effort to provide colleges with audio materials for the newly designed courses in American music, and the faculty had to invent a syllabus on virgin territory.  Eight years before the bandwagons started up, we began to address Black issues in music, and information long ignored began to be available to those interested.  Footnotes could now become chapters.  Before too much longer, AMS began to broaden its borders -- women and LGBT matters began to subvert the Gospel According to St. Grout.
            Articles in JAMS began to reflect this movement (to a large part instigated by the University of Michigan's "Black Mafia") and now for two decades, AMS has provided funds so a diversity of embryonic scholars can travel to research sites, archives, and gatherings of established professionals.
            A perusal of this list of recipients should reveal those whose names are now beginning to appear as recitalists and dissertation authors, beneficiaries of this award; selection honored the intent  of the mission.  A new list will be announced at the 2014 Milwaukee meeting of AMS in November.  Perhaps our parochial orientation might be excused as we hope for more applicants from our HBCU schools, whose students should be alerted to this opportunity.

Ahmad-Post, Aisha (Indiana University) -- 2006 and 2008
Ahmed, Ryaan (Harvard University and Eastman School of Music) -- 2013
André, Clóvis de -- 1998
Anosike, Philemon -- 1996
Aragón, Henry -- 2003
Arenas, Erick --2004
Armstrong, Kedrick (Wheaton College) -- 2013
Avila, Jacqueline (University of California-Riverside) -- 2005
Bahr, David (University Colorado-Boulder) -- 2012
Baldwin, Sara Jane -- 2003
Banagale, Ryan Raul -- 2001
Banks ,Tikeya (North Carolina Central University) -- 2008
Barnes, Katie -- 2003
Becerra-Licha, Sofia -- 2003
Bertholf, Garry (Colby College) -- 2005
Bhogal, Gurminder -- 1999
Bonczyk, Patrick (Michigan State University) -- 2012
Bowen, Christopher (Catholic University of America) -- 2010
Burt, Candace Burroughs Sheyna Nicole -- 1996
Calvo, Francisco (Chapman University) -- 2009
Carroll, Gary L., II -- 2001
Carson, Charles -- 2000
Carter, Marquese (Westminster Choir College) -- 2013
Castillo, May Lynn -- 2003
Chan, Angeline -- 1996
Chang, Hyun Kyong -- 2003
Chang, Kuei-Chaun Dennis -- 1998
Chavarria, Vicente (University of Miami) -- 2010
Chavez, Luis (University of California-Davis) -- 2013
Cheng, Will (Stanford University) -- 2006
Cheung, Darla (University of North Carolina-Greensboro) -- 2009
Chucherdwatanasak, Nathinee (University of Missouri-Kansas City) -- 2013
Coifman, David -- 1999
Cole, Kiesha -- 1998
Collins, Willa -- 1996 and 1997
Crandall, LeNaya --2004
Cummings, Linwood -- 1996
DePano, Faith Avilene (Shepherd School of Music, Rice University) -- 2010
Dickerson, Valerie Ann -- 2001
Doan, Joy (University of Michigan) -- 2007
Dooms, Paula Grissom -- 1996
Dunlap, Constance -- 2002
Edwards-White, Rashanne --2004
Escobar, Angelica Minero (Temple University) -- 2005
Eskandani, Shirin --2004
Figueroa, Michael (Northwestern University) -- 2006
Flores, Charles M., Jr. -- 2002
Gallardo, Gonzalo --2004
Gan, Chenny Quan -- 2003
Gibson, Maya -- 1996
Gonzalez-Appling, Julio (Bowling Green State University) -- 2005 and 2006
Grande, Victoria (Case Western Reserve University) -- 2011
Grant, Shauntay -- 2002
Gross, Kelly -- 1998
Guzman, Antonio de -- 1996
Hall, Mark -- 1996
Haramaki, Gordon -- 1997
Harrison, Phylnette -- 2003
Hernandez, Carlos A. (University of Colorado-Boulder) -- 2004 and 2005
Hidajat, Alicia (Calvin College) -- 2005
Hill, Tiffany -- 1996
Ho, Howard -- 2002
Hofer, Sonya -- 2002
Hogges, Genithia (Boston University) -- 2012
Hospedales, Cindy (North Carolina Central University) -- 2005
Hsu, Pattie -- 2000
Hu, Zhuqing (Amherst College) -- 2012
Huang, Julie --2004
Im, Bo kyung (Blenda) (University of California-Los Angeles) -- 2007
Jackson, Erica -- 1996
Jacob, Marion (University of Delaware) -- 2010
Johnson, Darius (Morehouse College) -- 2005
Jones, Alisha -- 2003
Jones, Angela M. -- 1998
Judd, Michelle --2004
Kaneda, Miki (State University of New York-Stony Brook) -- 2005
Kearney, Jamie Reuben -- 1997
Killworth, Aeja NaRee --2004
Kim, David -- 2001
Kim, Jung Eun (Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University) -- 2011
La Nier, Terence (Indiana University) -- 2007
Lai, Jin Xing (Gene) (Ohio University) -- 2013
Lawrence, Dana -- 1996
Lee, Kevin (Columbia University) -- 2012
Lindsay, Jones (University of Toronto) -- 2010
Ling, Helen --2004
Lister, Toiya (Prairie View A&M University) -- 2013
Lopes, Luiz -- 1999
Lorenzo, Elizabeth -- 1996
Ludden, Yawen (Campbellsville University) -- 2005
Luengo-Garrido, Javier (University Massachusetts-Amherst) -- 2012
Lumumba-Omoja, Tarisai -- 1996
Lunn, Tameika -- 1996
Mak, Siu-Yin (University of Southern California) -- 2006
Mallory, Earl -- 1997
Mason, Jakilah (New College of Florida) -- 2012
McClam, Darren -- 2002
Modolell, Jorge (University of Miami) -- 2013
Mok, Luci (University of Toronto) -- 2007
Morales, Melissa -- 2000
Morrison, Matthew (Catholic University of America) -- 2007
Mosley, Imani (Peabody Conservatory) -- 2008
Narbona-Jerez, Pamela (San Diego State University) -- 2012
Neal, Brandi A. -- 2002
Newland, Marti -- 2002
Noh, Ohran (University of Saskatchewan) -- 2006
Oliva, Diane (University of South Carolina) -- 2012
Padilla, Alysse (University of California-Los Angeles) -- 2010
Peeler-Dean, Shamor (University of North Carolina-Greensboro) -- 2010
Peters,  Camille -- 1999
Qaasim, Andaiye -- 2001
Qin, Xuan (University of Miami) -- 2013
Quevedo, Marysol --2004
Rangan, Pooja -- 2003
Ratliff, Jada (North Carolina Central University) -- 2013
Reed, Roxanne -- 1996
Reugester, Donnell -- 1996
Reynolds, Klansee --2004
Robinson, Sena -- 1996
Rodgers, Angeleisha (North Carolina Central University) -- 2012
Roland, Christina -- 1999
Rothermel, Nicholas -- 2002
Sewell, Regina --2004
Shintani, Joyce (Université Marne-La-Vallée) -- 2005
Shorts, Kendra -- 1997
Simms, Bobbie -- 1999
Slaughter, Harvey Alan --2004
Smith, Kobie (University of Alabama) -- 2005
Smith, Stephanie (Indiana State University) -- 2008
Su, Andres -- 2002
Sumida, Julianna (University of Hawaiʻi- Mānoa) -- 2013
Tachovsky, Tara --2004
Taffe, Susan (Colgate College) -- 2004 and 2005
Takata, Scott -- 1999
Tan, Qin Ying (Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University) -- 2011
Tang, Andy (University of Texas-Austin) -- 2010
Taylor, Nicolas --2004
Taylor, Nik (Eastman School of Music) -- 2005
Taylor, Ty-Juana (University of Louisville) -- 2005
Terauchi, Kei --2004
Thomas, Leonard -- 1996
Torres, John Patrick --2004
Torres, Jorge (Texas State University-Harlingen) -- 2012
Trevino, Jeffrey --2004
Uyehara, Chad -- 1999
Velasco, Maria Josefa (Université Rennes II, University of California-San Diego) -- 2009
Vidales, Daniel (University of Puget Sound) -- 2013
Wang, Dan (University of Western Ontario) -- 2008
Wang, Eric J. -- 2002
West, Taryn -- 1997
Whou, Romeo -- 2001
Wittmer, Micah (City College of New York) -- 2007
Wong, Melissa (Columbia University) -- 2006 and (McGill University) -- 2008
Yang, Mina -- 1999
Yoo, Kara --2004
Zapata, Melissa (Lehman College, Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music) -- 2009
Zapata-Martin, Theresa (Grand Valley State University) -- 2009
Zhang, Shelley (University of Toronto) -- 2012

Dominique-René de Lerma

Eric Conway: Morgan Choir returns from visit to James Madison Campus

Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy and Eric Conway

Eric Conway, D.M.A. writes:

Hello everyone,

The Morgan State University choir most recently returned from an event at James Madison University where the Morgan State University choir joined forces with the James Madison choral ensembles in a concert kicking off a national conference on African American poetry.

Morgan and James Madison have enjoyed several opportunities for academic exchanges.  Over the years, we have had a Ph. D student in History receive a one-year in residence teaching fellowship support toward the completion of his/her dissertation.  Morgan has sent at least four students to James Madison as part of this relationship taking courses in their respective majors for the semester.  In November of 2011, members from the Fine and Performing Arts Department visited James Madison University in an effort to discover ways that the Fine and Performing Arts department could partner with the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

About a year ago the Dean of their College of Visual and Performing Arts, George Sparks and I began discussing the possibility of the Morgan choir singing with the JMU choral ensembles to kick-off an event for their Furious Flower Poetry Conference where African America poets from all over the country gather to discuss and current trends in African American Poetry as well as unveil some premiers of new works.  This concert would feature music that was inspired by poetry.

This past weekend was this kick-off event which was a great one-day long exchange opportunity for both schools.  Please see attached the program from the event.  Also see a YouTube clip from one the two opening songs in the concert - conducted first by their director, Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy and then followed by me.  Finally, see below an email from the choral director at James Madison giving plaudits to choir for their musicianship and character. 


YouTube link of opening two songs in concert: To Sit and Dream-Rosephanye Powell; I've Just Come From the Fountain-André J.Thomas

From: "van der Vat-Chromy, Jo-Anne - vanderjx" <vanderjx@jmu.edu>
Subject: To Morgan State with thanks and love!!!
Date: September 26, 2014 at 2:14:06 AM EDT
To: Conway Eric <eric.conway@morgan.edu>

Dear Eric and the Amazing Morgan State University Choir!

Never in my wildest dreams did I think that our two University collaboration would be THIS AMAZING - and I KNEW it would be GREAT!  I can't tell you how much we here at JMU have been talking about and celebrating YOU, Dr. Conway and your AMAZING CHOIR!

As gorgeous and wonderful you are as a choir musically, I think that the most amazing thing we are all celebrating is how LOVING you are as a choir and as people.  How do we say thank you for being so completely open, transparent and wonderful?  Your bus arrived at 11:00 am and a light of the most mammoth proportions graced our campus and performance hall for the entire day - and we are still basking in that light even now at JMU - I know that we will for a very long time.

Eric, you must be so incredibly proud of the program you have built and the glory you create in every concert with your wonderful, magnificent ensemble.  You are a DCA to emulate and honor - what a glorious job you are doing at Morgan State!

Dearest new friends in Baltimore - THANK YOU FOR THIS GLORIOUS PROJECT - thank you for being you...and I hope you will remember that JMU adores you and honors your brilliance, your musicianship, your artistry and your journey.  Thank you for sharing the very best of you in all that you do and are.  We have been blessed by knowing you and by our collaboration.

Until we meet again!!!

From the JMU Choral Area,

Dr. V.

Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy, Ph.D.

Director of Choral Activities
Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education
Director - JMU Vocal Arts Summer Camp
Past Director - Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir

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