Saturday, May 7, 2016

NANM Reverberations: We celebrate our 98th National Convention in the heart of West Palm Beach, Florida, July 17-21, 2016.

Message from the President

Dear NANM:
I hope this new edition of Reverberations finds you 
doing well.
It's almost Convention time and what an exciting 
convention we've planned along with our host 
branch, Dr. Orville Lawton and the Ebony 
Chorale of the Palm Beaches. Our theme this 
year is Building a Bigger… Bolder… Brighter 
Future as we celebrate our 98th National 
Convention in the heart of West Palm Beach, Florida, 
July 17-21, 2016.
This year's featured artists include a performance 
by Grammy Award Winner Lalah Hathaway and 
jazz saxophonist Melton Mustafa. Other featured 
concerts include the Opening Mass Meeting (Sunday, 
July 17th, 3pm, Bethesda By the Sea Episcopal 
Church); Vocal Scholarship Competition (Sunday, 
July 17th, 7:30pm, Hilton West Palm Beach); Gala 
Benefit Concert (Monday, July 18th, 7:30pm, Eissey 
Theater Center); West Palm Beach Artists Night 
Concert (Tuesday, July 19th, 8pm, Hilton West Palm 
Beach) and the Gala Awards Banquet (Wednesday, 
July 20th, 7:30pm, Hilton West Palm Beach).
This year, our organization will honor the life’s 
work of opera singer/educator Dr. Elizabeth 
Graham, choral conductor Earl Little, jazz 
singer Avery Sommers and jazz trumpeter/educator/
composer Melton Mustafa.
I am proud that our National Conventions continue to 
provide a spectacular opportunity for artists to share 
information, knowledge and musical performances for 
youth, college age students, young artists and 
 adults. Artists include opera singers/educators George 
Shirley, Dr. Marcía Porter and Robert Sims; choral 
conductor/composer Omar Dickenson, Dr. David 
Morrow and Dr. Marvin Curtis; saxophnists/education 
Seychelle Dunn; nationally acclaimed composers Dr. 
Roland M. Carter and Dr. Uzee Brown as well 
as emerging composers Karen Thompson, Stanleigh 
Jones and Kristina Brown.  
What a great way to showcase NANM's unique niche 
in the music world!
I encourage you to plan to attend as we enjoy an 
incredible musical experience, rediscover our love for 
music and reconnect with one another… On the Road 
to 100!

See you in July!
Byron J. Smith
National President, NANM

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