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

Upcoming Projects/Events

Lecture: A Century of Concert Spiritual Recordings: The Pioneers

ANS LogoFriday, May 10, 2019, 9:00 a.m.
Association for Recorded Sound Collections Annual Conference
Portland, Oregon

The year 2016 marked the 100th anniversary of Harry T. Burleigh‘s publication of “Deep River,” considered to be one of the earliest examples of Negro spirituals used as source material for a song to be performed by a classically trained vocalist. “Deep River” inspired singers of “classical” music to integrate spirituals into their concert repertoire and composers to explore how their own vocal musical expressions might be enriched by inclusion of these American folk songs in their works. Composers, including William Arms Fisher, John C. Payne, J. Rosamond Johnson, Clarence Cameron White, R. Nathaniel Dett, Florence Price and Hall Johnson, delved into the rich fount of the Negro spiritual and created a vast range of musical expressions that have been preserved on recorded medium.

These composers were born in the generation immediately following the end of the American Civil War in 1865. They were often the children of ex-slaves or they otherwise were exposed to the Negro Spiritual directly from the living sources of these songs. They continued the process, begun by the Fisk Jubilee Singers, of sharing this soul- stirring, original American music across the United States and around the world.

This presentation will briefly profile these pioneers of the concert spiritual and offer excerpts from rare historical recordings, from Burleigh’s own performance of “Go Down Moses” and Payne singing his setting of “Standin’ in de Need o’Prayer,” to early recordings by great interpreters such as soprano Dorothy Maynor, contralto Marian Anderson, tenor Roland Hayes, and bass-baritone Paul Robeson.

Ongoing Projects/Events

So You Want to Sing Spirituals Book Launch

To be announced. Please check this page for updated information

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:

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