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Glee Club Director Among African-American Composers Highlighted at Music Faculty Recital

January 2017

Kevin JohnsonThe Spelman Department of Music celebrated the works of African-American composers during a faculty recital on Jan. 29, 2017, in Sisters Chapel.

“Black Music Matters” featured a medley of classical, spiritual and jazz music written and composed by Florence Price, Undine Smith Moore, Hale Smith, Robert Owens and Spelman College Glee Club director and associate professor Kevin Johnson, D.M.A.

Dr. Johnson presented two of his composed works from a song cycle dedicated to his mother and titled, “For Willa Mae.” The pieces included “Women” with text by renowned author and Spelman alumna Alice Walker, and “Black Woman,” with text by poet and author Countee Cullen. 

Other performers included music department chair Paula Grissom-Broughton, D.M.A., senior instructor Laura English-Robinson, M.M., C'69, instructor and Glee Club accompanist Brittney Boykin, M.M., C’2011, instructor Pamela Dillard, associate professor Hyunjung Rachel Chung, D.M.A., and music professor emeritus Joyce F. Johnson, Ph.D. Former Glee Club members and sisters Hanan Davis, C’2012, and Sakinah Davis, D.M.A., C’2009, also took the stage.

The department’s celebration of Black music will continue with a Faculty Organ Recital on Sunday, Feb. 26, in Sisters Chapel. The program will present organ music of the African Diaspora, featuring organist and Spelman music instructor Trey Clegg.

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