Oct 16

The African American Art Song Alliance is one of the nation's leading advocacy organizations, representing Black composers of Western classical art song. Its quinquennial conference is unique and inspirational for scholars and performers of this music. In an effort to maintain accessibility to everyone, there is no registration fee and usually no concert tickets. Come be part of this community of like-minded supporters!

October 13 - 16, 2022, we will convene a fourth conference on the performance, study, and support of art songs by African American composers. This 25th anniversary affair will focus largely on two areas: Social Justice, and the Harlem Renaissance Centennial Observation. Lectures, posters, composers, and performers are solicited for peer review. Submission deadline, May 15, 2022.

Please contact Emma Ginzel for any questions, eginzel@uci.edu



Max Jefferson, “Rights of Passage and Presence: Urban Renaissance
and the Sonic Construction of a Black Movement”

Marvin Curtis, “Lift Every Voice...Why African Americans Stand”

Mark Burford, “’The World and Us’: Black Musicians and American Life, a Century Ago”

Randye Jones, “Early Development of the Concert Spiritual in the Harlem Renaissance”

Bill Doggett, “Harlem: The Lost Generation of Singers and Black Swan Records: An Exploration of Classically trained musicians who emerged out of the shadows of The Great Migration and World War 1 into The Harlem Renaissance”

Tsitsi Ella Jaji, “Sing, Poets!”

Patricia Caicedo, “Memory and Nostalgia: Art Songs by Afro-Latin Composers”

Nicole Jenkins: “Music Performance Anxiety: An Opera Singer’s Perspective”

John Michael Cooper: “A GHOST NO MORE: On a Prize-Winning Song by Margaret Bonds No Longer Lost”

Kyle Whooten, “Religion, Resolve, and Rebuke: Dimensions of Justice in Baritone Solo Movements of Selected Choral Masterworks by Black Women Composers”

Trineice Robinson, “Tools for Improvisation/Interpretation: Sing Your Soul”



Nadine Benjamin, soprano, Michael Harper, reader, Maria Corley, piano
“Colour My Songs: Songs and Poetry from the African Diaspora”

Gwynne Brown/Dawn Padula, “A Century of Musical Perspectives on Georgia Douglas Johnson”

Shana Oshiro/Gwynne Brown, “Black Feminism in Art Song”


Film Presentations

Film presentation with Lecture-Recital: “The Hyer Sisters: Voices for Freedom”
Susheel Bibbs

Jean Bernard Cerin, “Haitian Creole, ‘Lisette’”


Panel Discussions

“Creating Omar for LA Opera”Moderator, Christopher Koelsch, Kaneza Schaal, Michael Abels

“Equity through Arts Administration”
Moderator: Maurice Wheeler,
Wayne Brown (MOT), Marvin Curtis (former Dean, Indiana University - South Bend),
Raymond Tymas-Jones (President, Cornish College of the Arts),
Toni-Marie Montgomery (Dean, Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University),
Ashleigh Gordon (Co-Founder, Executive Director, and violist, Castles of Our Skin)

Composers’ Forum: Moderator, Louise Toppin, B.E. Boykin, Maria Thompson Corley, Marvin Curtis,
Jerrell R. Gray, Tiffany Hall, Marvin Mills, Andre Myers, Shawn Okpebholo, Rosephanye Powell, Dave Ragland, Khyle B. Wooten, Jonathan Bailey Holland


My Sister’s Keeper
“150 Year Birthday of Paul Laurence Dunbar”
Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox, Alexis Davis-Hazell, Marcia Porter, and Rosalyn Floyd