Monday, July 30, 2012

Detroit’s Brazeal Dennard Chorale brings home medals and memories from the 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati

Brazeal Dennard Chorale
Representing the ‘D’ in distinguished style

DETROIT/July 30, 2012—The critically acclaimed Brazeal Dennard Chorale, directed by Dr. Augustus Hill, added another proud chapter to its musical legacy by winning gold and silver medals at the 2012 World Choir Games, which took place July 4-14 in Cincinnati.

The international event brought choral groups from across the globe to compete in 23 music categories.  The Brazeal Dennard Chorale won a gold medal in the spiritual music competition and a silver medal in the mixed chamber music category.

 “This was the ‘Olympics of Choral Music’ so the competition was extremely stiff, but the Chorale was up to the task,” said Don Robinson, executive director of the Brazeal Dennard Chorale.  “We hear the term ‘represent’ used often these days, but never was the term more fitting because the Chorale represented Detroit with pride and brought home memories that will last a lifetime.”

In addition to the Chorale’s performances during the World Choir Games, on July 9, Dr. Hill presented a symposium entitled “The American Negro Spiritual: A Gift to Choral Music.” This symposium discussed the elements and historical context of Negro spirituals, and demonstrated aspects of choral performance practices.

“The World Choir Games provided an excellent forum to convey to participating nations the beauty of our ancestors’ story through the Negro spiritual,” said Robinson, who accompanied 23 Chorale singers to the event, which attracted more than 15,000 participants representing 70 nations. 

Named after its legendary founder, the late Brazeal Dennard, the Brazeal Dennard Chorale’s mission is to “remember, discover, preserve, and share the Negro spiritual as a part of the artistic community, and to rediscover and perform significant choral works by African American composers.”  To learn more about the Brazeal Dennard Chorale please visit or on Facebook at

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