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Spelman's Trey Clegg Gives New Life to Organ Performance

February 2017

Trey Clegg Performs at SpelmanTrey Clegg, an instructor of music at Spelman, is one of the country’s bright talents in the field of choral conducting and organ performance. He is also an active recitalist, accompanist, baritone soloist, vocal coach, and freelance artist. His conducting and playing are widely recognized for their clarity, excitement, and expressiveness. In fact, the "American Organist" wrote, “Demonstrating precision and a superabundance of energy, it was obvious this young man would go very far.”

Clegg has been teaching at Spelman since 2006 and is currently the vocal coach and accompanist in the Department of Music. He works with music majors in the junior and senior classes on solo recitals for their graduation projects and also serves as organ and piano accompanist for the department's voice faculty. Clegg has former Spelman students who are now in the Broadway cast of “The Lion King,” and “The Color Purple.” In fact, several of his former students also sing with major opera companies such as The New York Metropolitan Opera, the Chicago Lyric Opera, the San Francisco Opera, and the Cincinnati Opera.

The Trey Clegg Singers Bring the Nation Together Through Music

Trey Clegg Performs at SpelmanIn March of 2016, Clegg followed his dream to begin an auditioned multicultural chorus open to all gifted and versatile choral musicians who share the desire to learn and perform a wide array of musical genres. With so much division in America today, the Trey Clegg Singers possess a passion for making a difference to bring people together through music in an effort to understand our commonality as children of God.

Two months later, in May of 2016, the Trey Clegg Singers made its debut at the famed Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina and the Highlands Chamber Music Festival in Highlands, North Carolina. Thus, the first multicultural chorus in the Southeast was born!

Hailed for his versatile abilities to play, sing, and conduct in a variety of genres, he was the organist/choirmaster at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta (one of the largest Episcopal Churches with a historically African-American congregation in the United States) for 12 years. He has now embarked on a personal mission to share diverse music around the world with The Trey Clegg Singers.

Clegg grew the music ministry of St. Paul’s to be the largest volunteer choir in the Episcopal Church nationwide with 90 singers. He took The St. Paul’s Choir on concert tours across the Southeast, to New York City, and an international concert tour to Barbados. In 2012, Clegg and The St. Paul’s Choir formed the nucleus of the 300-voice Diocesan Choir who performed at the Ordination of the Tenth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta under Clegg’s baton.

Of his work, the "Atlanta Journal Constitution" wrote, “He pulls out all the stops, and the righteous sound born in a box of wood fills every dark corner of the elegantly gloomy 1908 sanctuary. It’s like the soundtrack for the first dawn.”  

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