If you are unfamiliar with Bobby McFerrin, click on this YouTube link – https://youtu.be/S0kCUss0g9Q – to enjoy a short sample of the magic he makes with an audience. The concert may sell-out so I urge you to investigate this opportunity as soon as possible.
The renowned American Spiritual Ensemble will perform a concert entitled Every Time I Feel The Spirit! as one of the invited choirs in the ACDA Eastern Region Conference in Rochester next year. The American Spiritual Ensemble is a critically-acclaimed professional group composed of some of the finest singers in the classical music world. Many of its members have performed in such venues as the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Boston Opera and the Atlanta Civic Opera.
The mission of the American Spiritual Ensemble is to keep the American Negro spiritual alive. The vocalists have thrilled audiences with their dynamic renditions of classic spirituals and Broadway numbers highlighting the Black experience. The group has presented concerts throughout the United States, Europe and South America and has toured Spain numerous times presenting over 80 concerts.
Dr. Everett McCorvey, a native of Montgomery, Alabama, founded the group in 1995. McCorvey received his degrees from the University of Alabama, including a Doctorate of Musical Arts. Also a professional singer, tenor Dr. McCorvey has performed in many places including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, Radio City Music Hall in New York and in England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan and the Czech and Slovak Republics. During the summers, Dr. McCorvey is on the artist faculty of the American Institute of Musical Study (AIMS) in Graz, Austria. Dr. McCorvey holds the rank of Professor of Voice and Director of Opera at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY.
The American Spiritual Ensemble are the stars of the soon-to-be released PBS documentary recounting the history of the art form. This program follows the ensemble as they enchant audiences during their tour of the deep South and further expand their mission of performing the Negro Spiritual during their 10th tour of Spain.
Visit their website for information about this amazing professional ensemble, its singers, their future performances and their current recordings.
We at Mansfield University have hosted them twice in the last ten years and were profoundly moved by their powerful and deeply spiritual presentations of one of America’s greatest choral art forms. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the unforgettable American Spiritual Ensemble!
The ACDA Eastern Region planning committee is proud to announce that VOICES 21C, a Boston-based chamber choir, will perform a concert entitled WE WHO BELIEVE IN FREEDOM CANNOT REST at the 2020 Eastern Region Conference in Rochester. VOICES 21C, led by artistic director André de Quadros, is a chamber choir and artists’ collective, dedicated to a mission of global understanding through music, beautifully fitting with our theme, “Open Ears, Open Hearts.”
VOICES 21C aligns itself with the great American voices of compassion, love, and non-violence. The chamber choir seeks to combine technical proficiency with creativity and compassion. VOICES 21C creates personal meaning in performance by connecting its musical messages to social justice issues in the USA and abroad, representing the voices of the silenced, the forgotten, and the marginalized. VOICES 21C is a welcoming space for LGBTQ, committed to contemporary composers, and improvisational, interdisciplinary modes of performance through a co-creating, egalitarian consensus model. Tours have taken the choir to France, Israel and Palestine, and Mexico. In August 2019, the choir performed a program on women’s issues for an audience of over 7,000 people in the south of France.
Their programs have received considerable acclaim across the US and abroad. Recent appearances and concert themes include:
• “Pain and Promise” at the CHORALP Festival in Briançon, France
• “Here I Am” in Israel and Palestine
• “Somehow This Madness Must Cease” in Cuernavaca and Mexico City
• “Half the Sky” (Voices, Struggles, Resilience, and Power of the FeminineSpirit) in Vaison-la-Romaine, France
Visit their website for more information and some musical examples!
Nominations for the Helen Kemp Award as well as the Lannom Award are open. Please visit https://acdaeast.org/awards/ for information about the awards that honor these two remarkable choral musicians and for details on the nomination process. The Lannom Award nominations are due October 1, 2019 and the Helen Kemp Award nominations are due November 1, 2019.
Please note: ACDA Eastern Region has decided to reopen the applications for the Elementary Honor Choir and for TENORS and BASSES for the Junior High Honor Choir. Application materials will be available August 1 and remain open until September 18, 2019.