The Art of the Negro Spiritual has a number of upcoming and ongoing projects or events scheduled. Some are listed below.

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So You Want to Sing Spirituals Events

Activities related to the newly published book, So You Want to Sing Spirituals are regularly being scheduled. More information is available at

Recorded Concert Spirituals

This is a proposal for a guide to commercially produced recordings of Negro spirituals composed for solo concert vocalists. The listing includes over 5,600 track entries covering more than a century of recordings on compact discs, long-playing albums, 78 rpm records, 45 rpm discs, digital streamed files, audio cassettes, as well as demonstration recordings from musical score collections. The book’s goal is to assist the vocalist, the vocal coach/teacher or the accompanist who is looking for these recorded resources. More information is available at Recorded Concert Spirituals

Developing Projects

ANS Playlist

The Art of the Negro Spiritual is launching a audio playlist of recordings by historical and contemporary vocalists performing concert spirituals. The playlist is still under development, but there are already over eight hours of recordings of solo voice and choral performances spanning the century of African American spirituals. Visitors have the option of selecting specific tracks or setting the playlist to shuffle through the available tracks. Please click on the link to access the ANS Playlist

Ongoing Projects/Events

Rare Gems by the Pioneers of the Concert Spiritual

A documentary about concert spirituals categorized by song theme, from sorrow songs to songs of transcendence. Each category is followed by a recording by: – “I Cannot Stay Here by Myself” (Hall Johnson, composer; A. Grace Lee Mims, soprano) – “Who’ll Be a Witness for My Lord” (John Rosamond Johnson, composer; Kenneth Spencer, baritone) – “Steal Away” (Harry T. Burleigh, composer; Martina Arroyo, soprano) – “Goin’ to Shout All over God’s Heaven” (Clarence Cameron White, composer; Jules Bledsoe, bass) – “Oh, Didn’t It Rain” (Ruby Elzy, soprano) – “Every Time I Feel de Spirit” (Lawrence Brown, composer; Evelyn Dove, soprano) – “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord” (Florence Price, composer; Marian Anderson, contralto) – “Let Us Break Bread Together on Our Knees” (Adele Addison, soprano; Fisk Jubilee Singers)

Produced, directed, written, and narrated by Randye Jones; video compilations by Divaslair

ANS Lectures on SlideShare

Some of the lectures soprano and researcher Randye Jones has presented have been become available to view or download on SlideShare. They are:


Randye Lecturing about and Singing Spirituals


If you have questions about ANS, please contact Randye Jones.