About The Competition:
This competition was created to bring attention to one of the most important genres of music, American Spirituals. Since their humble "folk" beginnings in the 18th Century, this glorious music has evolved into American classical music as indigenous art songs, while still being the catalyst for many American sacred and secular music forms.
1st Competition--2009, at Buffalo State College, N.Y.
2nd Competition--2010, at Salisbury State University, Md.
3rd Competition--2012, at Lake Erie College, OH.
4th Competition--2014, at West Virginia University, WV.
*Soloing with The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra [performed in 2010]
*Lead role in the new American opera,
"HIGHWAY TO CANAAN"
[performed in 2011 and 2012]
*Soloing with The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra
[performed in 2013]
*Guest soloist on the special lecture series about spirituals at the Chautauqua (NY) Arts Center
[performed in June, 2015]
Schools Which Have Participated:
University of Illinois
University of Michigan
Arizona State University
Buffalo State College
West Virginia University
Bowling Green State University-OH.
Kentucky State University
Indiana University-South Bend
SUNY/Potsdam-Crane School of Music
Eastman School of Music
University of Delaware
Westminster Choir College of Rider University
Miami University of Ohio
New England Conservatory of Music
Wayne State University-Mich.
Salisbury State University-Md.