Singing in the Spirit: An ASE Community Sing and Workshop

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Singing in the Spirit: An ASE Community Sing and Workshop

This community sing and workshop is intended for choral singers, music directors, and anyone who loves music! Come ready to sing!

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First Presbyterian Church 171 Market Street Lexington, KY 40507

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Join Dr. Everett McCorvey, Founder, and Director of the American Spiritual Ensemble, and Dr. Eileen Gunther, conductor, lecturer, and author of In Their Own Words: Slave Life and the Power of Spirituals, along with acclaimed collaborative pianist, Dr. Tedrin Lindsay, for an evening community sing and workshop exploring the meaning, influence, structure, and context of negro spirituals.

"During the era of slavery, those who labored in captivity pioneered a musical motif that began as unaccompanied songs of sorrow and hope. They have morphed into the music only America can lay claim to. This is our mother music. It is the music that helped America find its musical voice and define what we now call ‘the American sound. All of the musical genres that have evolved over the past few centuries — including jazz, blues, gospel, rock and even rap, are deeply rooted in the spirituals.” - Dr. Everett McCorvey

This community sing and workshop is intended for choral singers, music directors, and anyone who loves music! Come ready to sing!

The cost to attend is $25 per singer, which includes the cost of the music. Each singer will receive a packet of sheet music when they arrive for the workshop.

Through discussion of historical, social, and political context and performance of African American spirituals and other African American song traditions, participants will explore:

1. Music from an African American worldview

2. The values embedded in the music

3. The role of cultural and spiritual traditions and rituals

4. Ways in which leadership emerges and can be shared

5. Cultural responses to and influences on political and social struggle

6. The significance and power of a shared communal experience

This workshop is made possible in part by the Bluegrass Community Foundation through the Better Together Grant initiative.

We hope you can join us! Spots are limited so be sure to reserve by February 7th