Past Events

    • Norfolk State University Concert Choir

    • 4/16/2015
    • The director of the Norfolk State University Choir is Doctor Carl W. Haywood. Dr. Haywood has sustained a long tenure at Norfolk State University and is a devoted teacher and friend of students and young musicians. As Professor of Music, he is known not only for his thorough and vigorous teaching style in the areas of conducting and organ, but also for his untiring efforts to inspire all under his voice to reach their fullest potential. A dynamic advocate of NSU, he is Director of Choral Activities and conducts the NSU Concert Choir and the Spartan Chorale. As demonstrated by their rigorous touring schedule and concerts in major churches and venues throughout the country, NSU Choirs enjoy a status among the elite choral ensembles of the nation. Frequently Dr. Haywood, one of the leading church musicians in the field, serves as a clinician, adjudicator, guest conductor, organ recitalist, and lecturer for schools, colleges, and churches throughout the country. At the Kennedy Center, he served as a National Conductor and National Chair for the 105 Voices of History, the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Choir.
    • Tuskegee University Choir - Tuskegee University Golden Voices

    • 3/11/2014
    • The Tuskegee University “Golden Voices” Concert Choir is steeped in more than a century of pride and the richest of choral traditions. Since its inception, the Tuskegee Choir has served as an artistic model while carving its place in American history. From the beginning, Tuskegee (Institute) University students were encouraged to express themselves in “communal singing.” Dr. Booker T. Washington, the school’s founder, insisted on the singing of Negro spirituals at weekly Chapel services. Dr. Washington told students, “If you go out to have schools of your own, have your pupils sing them as you have sung them here, and teach them to see the beauty which dwells in these songs.” Thus, Tuskegee developed and passed on a singing tradition. Wayne A. Barr is Director of Choral Activities at Tuskegee University. He earned degrees in church music and choral conducting from Westminster Choir College (B.M.), Southern Methodist University (M.M., M.S.M.), and The University of Michigan (D.M.A.). He has served as organist and choir director at churches in Alabama, Michigan, New Jersey and Texas. Before coming to Tuskegee University, Mr. Barr was Director of Music at the historic Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, and instructor of music at William Tyndale College in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
    • Morgan State University Choir

    • 3/10/2012
    • The Morgan State University Choir was named “The Best College Choir in the U

      The Morgan State University Choir was named “The Best College Choir in the U.S. by Readers Digest in its list of “America’s 100 Best”. Singing classical, gospel, and contemporary popular music, the choir’s emphasis is on preserving the heritage of the spiritual.

       

      Accolades of this three time Emmy awards winning and Grammy nominated (Best Classical Album), internationally acclaimed choir performances are categorized below:

       

      International Places

      National Performances                 

      Great Musicians

       

      Virgin Islands       

      Carnegie Hall                  

      Kathleen Battle

      Canada

      Lincoln Center                                               

      Jessye Norman

      Africa

      New York Philharmonic                 

      Nancy Wilson

      Germany

      Kennedy Center                                            

      Billy Taylor

      Paris, France                              

      Los Angeles Philharmonic                            

      Regina Carter

      China

      Capital Rotunda(honoring Rosa Parks)

      Jon Faddis

       

      Prague, Czech Republic                      

      Baltimore Symphony Orchestra                    

      Wynton Marsalis

       

      St. Petersburg Conservatory, Russia   

      Strand Performing Arts Center              

      T.S. Monk

       

      St. Petersburg Cathedral

      Strothmore Hall                         

      Bobby McFerrin      

       

       

      Eric Conway, the present Director of the Morgan State University, has served as Associate Conductor and principal accompanist for the past twenty years under the leadership of the late Nathan Carter.  He is also chairperson of the Morgan State University Fine Arts Department.

       

      He received his doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Peabody Conservatory of the John Hopkins University where he majored in Piano Performance and minored in Conducting.  While there he was a recipient of the prestigious Liberace Scholarship and a winner in the Yale Cordon Concerto Competition where he earned the honor of playing Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra.

       

      He has many significant accomplishments as pianist, including a tour of Eastern Africa and as soloist with several orchestras within the United States.

       

      Dr. Conway also holds degrees in both Accounting and Business Management and is also a Certified Public Accountant.  He was recently appointed by Governor O’Malloy as a member of the MD State Arts Council.

       

      Visit MSU for more information

       

    • Talented Youth and Positive Images for Christ

    • 1/28/2012
    • Talented Youth and Positive Images for Christ

       

      Purpose: Provide an opportunity for Christian young people of various denominations:

       

      1. To present their talents to each other and the community

      2. To come together socially in a setting where there are other young believers

      3. To realize that the adults are supporting them

       

      Our premiere concert was January 2005.  The concert has been held each successive year with:

       

      Amanda Clopton, Harpist

      Jalen Hopkins, Vocalist

      Alonna Kleckley, Flutist

      Stacey Travis, Flutist

      Ayanna Russell, Cellist & Pianist

      Family Baptist Church Youth Department

      Hosack Street Baptist Church Youth Department

      Union Grove Baptist Church Youth Ministry

      Second Baptist Church Youth Mime Ministry

      Joyful Inspiration Liturgical Dancers

      Urban Youth String Organization

      Music students of Joyce Robinson's Music School (Vocal & Piano)

       

      The positive Images who spoke of their roads to success have been:

       

      January 26, 2007

      Myra McKenzie - Attorney

      Ray Miller - Ohio Representative

       

      January 27, 2008

      Charleta Tavares - Columbus City Council Member

      Ivory Payne - Publisher of "Praise" News Quarterl

       

      January 27, 2009

      Priscilla R. Tyson - Columbus City Council Member

       

      January 30, 2010

      Doncella D. Alexander - Project Manager of Family & Job Counseling, State of OH

      W. Carlton Weddington - OH State Representative

       

      January 29, 2011

      Jasmine Green - Nationwide Insurance

      Anthony Trotman - Director of Franklin Co. Jobs & Family Services

       

      January 28, 2012

      Clarence Mingo, II – Franklin County Auditor

      Dr. Leah Snowden Tate – General Dentist

    • Hampton University Concert Choir

    • 3/12/2011
    • Hampton University choral groups and ensembles have made substantial contributions to the enjoyment of choral music for peoples throughout the world.

       

      The traveling choirs of Hampton have been a "tour de force" of ambassadorship for the Institution since its inception.

       

      Throughout its illustrious past the choir has become distinguished for performing the innovative compositions of the “Hampton Four” - R. Nathaniel Dett, Noah F. Ryder, Nathan Carter, and Roland M. Carter.

       

      The most distinguished performance for the choir was the command performance at the 53rd Inauguration Ceremony of William Jefferson Clinton, President of the United States in 1997.

       

      The Hampton University Concert Choir has had the distinction of performing in some of the world's most beloved concert halls, churches, and cathedrals including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Avery-Fischer Hall, Severance Hall, Chrysler Hall, Westminster Abbey, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Constitution Hall, Brentwood Baptist Church, Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, Perine Baptist Church of Miami and in the Shrine Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

       

      The tradition of excellence set forth by the Concert Choir transcends the walls of the University and impacts people from all walks of life. A variety of choral literature, a legacy of tradition from which the choir stands, performances that challenge the traditional choral music model, keep the demand for the choir and its conductor significantly increased. It is in this vein that the Hampton University Concert Choir excels as a high caliber, professional, and well-respected ambassador of good will for Hampton University.

       

      The Conductor

      Royzell L. Dillard

      Director of University Choirs

      Assistant Professor of Music

      Co-Music Director, the Hampton

      University Ministers’ Conference

      Choir Directors’ Organists’ Guild

    • Talented Teens and Positive Images for Christ

    • 1/29/2011
    • Talented Youth and Positive Images for Christ

       

      Purpose: Provide an opportunity for Christian young people of various denominations:

       

      1. To present their talents to each other and the community

      2. To come together socially in a setting where there are other young believers

      3. To realize that the adults are supporting them

       

      Our premiere concert was January 2005.  The concert has been held each successive year with:

       

      Amanda Clopton, Harpist

      Jalen Hopkins, Vocalist

      Alonna Kleckley, Flutist

      Stacey Travis, Flutist

      Ayanna Russell, Cellist & Pianist

      Family Baptist Church Youth Department

      Hosack Street Baptist Church Youth Department

      Union Grove Baptist Church Youth Ministry

      Second Baptist Church Youth Mime Ministry

      Joyful Inspiration Liturgical Dancers

      Urban Youth String Organization

      Music students of Joyce Robinson's Music School (Vocal & Piano)

       

      The positive Images who speak of their roads to success have been:

       

      January 26, 2007

      Myra McKenzie - Attorney

      Ray Miller - Ohio Representative

       

      January 27, 2008

      Charleta Tavares - Columbus City Council Member

      Ivory Payne - Publisher of "Praise" News Quarterl

       

      January 27, 2009

      Priscilla R. Tyson - Columbus City Council Member

       

      January 30, 2010

      Doncella D. Alexander - Project Manager of Family & Job Counseling, State of OH

      W. Carlton Weddington - OH State Representative

       

      January 29, 2011

      Jasmine Green - Nationwide Insurance

      Anthony Trotman - Director of Franklin Co. Jobs & Family Services

       

    • Talented Youth and Positive Images Concert

    • 1/30/2010
    • Talented Youth and Positive Images for Christ

       

      Purpose: Provide an opportunity for Christian young people of various denominations:

       

      1. To present their talents to each other and the community

      2. To come together socially in a setting where there are other young believers

      3. To realize that the adults are supporting them

       

      Our premiere concert was January 2005. The concert has been held each successive year with:

       

      Amanda Clopton, Harpist

      Jalen Hopkins, Vocalist

      Alonna Kleckley, Flutist

      Stacey Travis, Flutist

      Ayanna Russell, Cellist & Pianist

      Family Baptist Church Youth Department

      Hosack Street Baptist Church Youth Department

      Union Grove Baptist Church Youth Ministry

      Second Baptist Church Youth Mime Ministry

      Joyful Inspiration Liturgical Dancers

      Urban Youth String Organization

      Music students of Joyce Robinson's Music School (Vocal & Piano)

       

      The positive Images who speak of their roads to success have been:

       

      January 26, 2007

      Myra McKenzie - Attorney

      Ray Miller - Ohio Representative

       

      January 27, 2008

      Charleta Tavares - Columbus City Council Member

      Ivory Payne - Publisher of "Praise" News Quarterl

       

      January 27, 2009

      Priscilla R. Tyson - Columbus City Council Member

       

      January 30, 2010

      Doncella D. Alexander - Project Manager of Family & Job Counseling, State of OH

      W. Carlton Weddington - OH State Representative

       

    • 2007 Gospel-In-Song

    • 5/19/2007
    • Participants

      Jalen Hopkins, Vocalist

      Lincoln Park Baptist Church Youth Choir, A.J Murray, Director/Roy Brown & J.C. Colquitt, Musicians

      Shiloh Baptist Church Mime & Liturgical Dancers, Tamara Davis, Director

      Shiloh Baptist Church Chimers, Dorothy D. Alexander, Director

      Shiloh Baptist Church Chancel Choir, Dr. Jan Edwards, Director

      St. Dominic Catholic Church Choir, Ila Daniels, Director

       

    • 2005 Gospel -In-Song

    • 11/12/2005
    • Honoree and choirs that sang:

      Ellen Barksdale* of Shiloh Baptist Church, 5th Sunday Choir

      Charles A. Byrd, Hosack Street Baptist Church Male Chorus

      Vertie Carter, Tabernacle Baptist Church Choir

      Dr. Frances R. Pace, Bethany Baptist Church Choir

      James F. Yarborough*

       

      Other program participants

      Honoree Lydia Burkes*

      Poem by Betty Burkes

      Amanda Clopton, Harpist

      Hope Jackson & Hope Hurst, Choreographers

      Shari Callahan, Flutist

       

      *Deceased