We are excited to share the various musical workshops, seminars, lectures, discussions, masterclasses, and performances planned for our centennial convention.  Here is a sampling of what we have in store!

Chicago Composers featuring Lena McLin

A lecture presentation focused on the music of legendary Chicago composer and educator Lena McLin. West Palm Beach’s Ebony Chorale featured performers.  Facilitated by Robert Sims, Baritone and Dr. Marvin Curtis, Dean-University of Indiana South Bend.

Choral Music Reading Session

Annual choral reading music session featuring music composed or arranged by African-American composers.

Choirmaster TBA.

The African American Art Song for the Countertenor

Lecture/Performance/Discussion of works written expressly for Countertenor, by African-American Composers H. Leslie Adams, Adolphus Hailstork, Robert Owens, and Andre Myers.  Facilitated by Dr. Darryl Taylor, Professor University of California at Irvine / Founder African American Art Song Alliance.

Voice for Freedom: The Hyers Sisters’ Legacy in Film and Song

Workshop features the viewing of the film that chronicles the Hyers Sisters’ lives interwoven with re-enactments, commentary, montages, and performances by Hope Briggs, Omari Tau, Robert Sims, Shawnette Sulker.  Facilitated by Susheel Bibbs, Soprano/Film-maker and Dr. Robert Sims, Baritone.

Sylvia Olden Lee Roundtable: A Discussion with Bill Banfield

A discussion with Dr. William Banfield (Professor-Berklee College/Composer) about his process for composing the SHINE Symphony commemorating the hundredth anniversary of NANM.

William Warfield Masterclass

Internationally acclaimed operatic tenor Dr. George Shirley leads a vocal masterclass with members of our Collegiate/Young Artist division.

Methods in Music Education for K-12

Workshop focused on the advancement of music education by supporting best practices in the teaching, learning and performance of music. Workshop will provide educators with tools to design well-planned, comprehensive, sequential and quality music programs based on National Standards; while advancing music activities that promote a lifelong appreciation of music.  Facilitated by Pamela Coggs, M.Ed.

Choral and Instrumental Conducting Workshop

Workshop designed to help choral educators develop more expressive, effective conducting skills when working with vocalists and instrumentalists. Workshop participants will be asked to conduct movements from Handel's Messiah.  Facilitated by Dr. Robert A. Harris, Professor Emeritus-Northwestern University.

Elmont Select Chorale Lecture/Demonstration

Choral Workshop/Concert for developing musicianship and essential skills in vocal production and choral performance for high school students.

Teaching Music Literacy to the Community Chorus

A lecture presentation providing techniques and practices for working with community choruses.  Facilitated by Dr. Keith Hampton, Founder and Artistic Director-Chicago Community Chorus.

R. Nathaniel Dett Lecture/Roundtable Discussion

Lecture workshop takes an in-depth look into the music, artistry and impact of R. Nathaniel Dett, composer and former president of NANM (1924-1926).  Facilitated by Dr. Marques Garrett, Assistant Professor of Choral Activities-University of Nebraska in Lincoln, and Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, Nathaniel Dett Choral of Canada.

Working with Collaborative Pianists

Lecture performance highlighting techniques and best performance practices for singers/instrumentalists working with collaborative pianists.  Facilitated by Dr. Wilfred Delphin, Professor-Xavier University, Joseph Joubert, Pianist/Conductor/Composer, and Cliff Jackson, Professor-Kentucky University.

In Pursuit of Artistic Proficiency: A Study of the Enneagram

Participants will be introduced to a psychological and spiritual framework known as “The Enneagram,” a personally unique approach that helps develop the most effective path to optimal musical effectiveness, including when music fits into one’s career and life goals.  Facilitated by Dr. Arthur Jones, Professor Emeritus-Denver University/Founder-The Spirituals Project.

Vocal Health and the Working Singer

Leading laryngologist leads a discussion about the science of the voice as well as healthy vocal techniques for singers.  Facilitated by Dr. H. Steven Sims, Medical Director-Chicago Institute for Voice Care at UIC Medical Center.

Scholarship Masterclass: Voice

Vocal masterclass with NANM scholarship contestants, facilitated by Dr. Gregory Hopkins, Professor of Voice-Howard University / Artistic Director-Harlem Opera Theater.

Chicago/Local Artist Night Concert

Concert featuring Chicago-area singers and ensembles.

25th Anniversary Collegiate/Young Artist Concert

Join us as members of the Collegiate/Young Artist division present this vocal and instrumental concert.

Centennial Choral Festival

Choral concert featuring the NANM Convention Chorus, Ebony Chorale (West Palm Beach, FL), One Accord Men’s Chorus (Dallas, TX), Brazeal Dennard Chorale (Detroit, MI), Chicago Community Chorus (Chicago, IL), United Voice of Detroit (Detroit, MI) and the Artist Group of Washington (Washington, DC).

Gala Awards Banquet

Join us for this annual formal awards ceremony and dinner where we honor the trailblazing and prolific members of our organization and musical community.

NANM Legacy Concert

Join us for the debut concert of the commissioned work "Shine Symphony" featuring the Centennial Orchestra and invited Choruses.  This concert will also feature works of NANM members past and present.

Life Members' Luncheon & Fashion Show

Program information coming soon.

Marian Anderson Vocal Arts Scholarship Competition

The national round of our annual scholarship competition will be held at our convention.  This year's competition features the Voice, and is named in honor of NANM's first scholarship winner, contralto Marion Anderson.

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