American Spirituals Voice Competition
Dr. J LanYe'--Creator/Organizer/Coordinator
Dr. LanYé is a highly regarded performing scholar/musician.
She is a lecture-recitalist whose specialty is Black Classical Music.
This fine lyric mezzo-soprano and noted composer is also a recognized authority on American Spirituals.
She is widely known for her voice master classes.
She is a truly gifted classical and jazz pianist, orchestral conductor and choral director.
Her opera, "HIGHWAY TO CANAAN, " the touching story about a perilous
trip via The Underground Railroad in 1851.............
had its world premiere, July, 2011, a critically acclaimed performance, October, 2012, a condensed version,
April, 2016, and a special production, July, 2018.
Dr. LanYé successfully launched her new opera company............
OPERA BY THE LAKE, June, 2013
Child Prodigy-born with perfect pitch.
- played piano at age two.
- composed (written out) first piano piece at age five.
- perfect score on city-wide music test in the 5th grade.
- became concert-mistress (violin) of the all-city youth orchestra in the 6th grade.
- church choir director at age 15.
- soprano soloist, age 16, The Youngstown Philharmonic Chorus and The Dunbar Choral Club
B.M. The Cleveland Institute of Music
M.M. New England Conservatory of Music
D.M.A. The American Conservatory of Music
Special Scholarships and Fellowships:
The Aspen School of Music-Colorado
The Tanglewood Music Festival-Massachusetts
The American Institute of Musical Studies-
Extensive operatic/concert performances.
Composer of operas, orchestral works, vocal art songs,
choral music and piano pieces.
Lake George Opera Co., New York
The Chautauqua Institution, New York
Numerous solo recitals at colleges, universities, museums
and libraries throughout the country.
Full Time Voice Faculty:
Central State Univ., Coe College, Knoxville
College, Berea College, Youngstown State
Univ.- Dana School of Music, John Carroll Univ.
Artist-In-Residence/Special Visiting Artist
Xavier University, (OH)
Lake Erie College, (OH)
Royal Conservatory of Music,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Shaker Symphony Orchestra (OH)
The Accord Chamber Choir
The "LANYÉ" Singers
The Cleveland Choral Collective
The American Spirituals Collegiate Solo Voice
Competitions....2009, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2018