Brittney Boykin, Assistant Director and Accompanist
Brittney Boykin is a native of Alexandria, Virginia and comes from a musical family. At the age of seven, she began piano lessons and continued her studies through high
school under the tutelage of Alma Sanford, who guided her through various competitions, including as the NAACP’s ACT-SO competition, where she placed first for three consecutive years in the local competition. In the spring of 2007, Boykin received The Washington Post “Music and Dance Award.”
She pursued her classical piano studies at Spelman College under the supervision of Dr. Rachel Chung. During her time at Spelman, she was the Spelman College Glee Club student accompanist for all four years. While being an active music student in the music department, she took classes in composition. These classes challenged her musical imagination, and she began to compose and arrange several choral works. These pieces include her arrangement of "Go Down, Moses" and a setting of "Ave Maria," both of which were performed and recorded by the Glee Club during her sophomore, junior and senior years. While a student at Spelman, Boykin won first place at the “2009 James A. Hefner HBCU Piano Competition” at Tennessee State University.
After graduating in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Spelman, Boykin continued her studies at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. She continued to compose music while at Westminster and was awarded the R and R Young Composition Prize just before of graduating. In May of 2013, Boykin graduated from Westminster with a Master of Music in Sacred Music. In March 2016, she was the Glee Club accompanist, as they performed at the White House for President and First Lady Barack Obama.
Boykin currently serves as a faculty member in the Spelman College Music Department. She also assists in several different music ministries throughout the metropolitan Atlanta area, which include leading Virginia-Highland Church’s newly formed String Ensemble. Her most recent composition, “We Sing As One,” was commissioned to celebrate Spelman’s 133rd anniversary at the 2014 Founders Day Convocation. Boykin’s instrumental and choral works are currently published and distributed through her own publishing company, Klavia Press.
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