Thursday, October 11, 2012

Color of Music Master Class Series at Westminster Choir College

Prof. Taione Martinez of Westminster Choir College writes:

Hello Mr. Zick,
My name is Taione Martinez and I serve on the faculty of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. Your name was mentioned to me by Prof. Richard Alston and he suggested I contact you regarding the new Master Class series at Westminster.  
I created this series so the students of Westminster could expand their knowledge beyond the scope of "standard rep" and become better prepared andknowledgeable musicians. Westminster is the only major conservatory that hasa series such as this (that I know of) and if successful, will be presented on an annual basis.  
Prof. Taione Martinez

This series of master classes, forums and recitals offers students and faculty in all disciplines the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the music within the African-American tradition.  With input from faculty, each event is tailored 
to the educational and artistic growth of the students. Students will have the 
opportunity to work one-on-one with the artists and perform music that is at 
the heart of the Black music experience.

2012 Fall Programs

Grammy Award winner George Shirley has performed more than 80 operatic 
roles in major opera houses around the globe. He was the first African-Americanto be appointed to a music teaching post in Detroit, the first African-American 
member of the U.S. Army Chorus, and the first African-American tenor and 
second African-American male to sing leading roles with the Metropolitan Opera.

Wednesday, October 3
3:20 – 4:20 p.m. Bristol Chapel
Master Class:  The Interpretations of the African-American Art Song

Thursday, October 4 
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Bristol Chapel
Forum: Reflections on 49 years as a musician
Open to the public.

A masterful pianist who performs as a soloist and with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe, Richard Alston is committed to enriching lives through music. Professor Alston earned two degrees from The Juilliard School and hasreceived several awards including the Award for Excellence from the New JerseyEducation Association and Musician of the Year from the National Association of Negro Musicians.

Wednesday, October 24 
3:20 – 4:20  Williamson Hall
Master Class: Classically Black: Works by African American Composers

Wednesday, October 24
7:30 p.m.  Bristol Chapel
Recital: Classically Black: Works by African American Composers
Open to the public

Organist at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Kensington, Md., Marvin Mills isalso the music director of the acclaimed National Spiritual Ensemble.  He has 
also served as Associate Minister of Music at National City Christian Church, 
Director of Music at All Souls Church and University Organist at Howard 
University.  Mr. Mills has performed for numerous chapters of the American 
Guild of Organists, in recital at the Washington National Cathedral and in 
churches, universities and concert halls throughout the United States.

Wednesday, November 14 
3:20 – 4:20   Scheide Hall
Master Class: Exploring the Organ Works of African-American 

-- Prof. Taione Martinez Asst. Professor of Music Conductor, Jubilee Singers Department of Sacred Music Westminster Choir College - Princeton

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