WSSU Represented In National Choir Performing in Nashville
D’Walla Simmons-Burke, director of choral and vocal studies, Daniel Smith, a music business major from Raleigh, and Anthony Howard, a music education major from Butner, N.C., will be representing Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) through their participation in the “105 Voices of History” HBCU National Choir performance at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville on January 22, 2012.
Simmons-Burke was nominated by her colleagues to be a Presenting National Conductor at the concert with Smith and Howard being selected as members of the choir that includes representatives from each of the nation’s 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Smith, a baritone, and Howard, a tenor, both sing in WSSU’s choir and Schola Cantorum.
“It is always an honor to conduct the 105 Voices of History that strives to provide a national platform to raise public awareness of the legacies and the importance of the talent we have on the HBCU campuses,” Simmons-Burke said. “To be nominated by my colleagues and selected as one of the four presenting conductors is quite an honor. I know it will also be a wonderful experience for Daniel to be a part of this outstanding group of talented young people for the second time.”
Simmons-Burke has also been a feature conductor for the 105 Voices of History’s September 2010 performance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and for the “One Voice” musical showcase in May of this year in Nassau. Smith and Howard were both members of the choir for the Kennedy Center performance this past September.
The talent of the choir and the conductors will be on display through the different genres of classical, Negro spirituals, jazz, gospel and country along with original works by African American composers. Additionally, the choir will perform with Dr. Shirley Caesar, Grammy Award winner and gospel music singer, songwriter and recording artist.
The choir is sponsored by Partners Achieving Success, a nonprofit organization focused on developing partnerships that reach a broad spectrum of individuals and businesses with an emphasis to building collaborations through those relationships. P.A.S. has increased opportunities for HBCU students to showcase their talents, develop national leaders and benefit from scholarships.
Tickets for the Nashville concert are $25-$55 and are available at the Opry Box Office at 800-SEE-OPRY or online at www.opry.com.
Nancy Young Aaron Singleton
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