Singing in the Spirit: Creating Community Across Divides
Art & Soul Cafe St. Louis is excited to host a community singing event with Dr. Kathy Bullock, Professor of Music at Berea College, Berea, Kentucky. We hope to draw together a diverse group of professional and non-professional singers from across the St. Louis region to celebrate and sing together the music from the African-American tradition. The music begins with Spirituals from the 18th and 19th centuries during slavery. Gospel music, the 20th and 21st century version of African-American sacred music, emerged from these earlier forms. The African-American trajectory of human experience expressed through song attests to the power of singing together as a means of connection and change.
On Saturday, Dr. Bullock will lead a series of sessions focusing on Spirituals, Appalachian and African American Musical Connections, and Gospel.
On Sunday morning at 9 am, we will participate in a worship service at New Northside Baptist Church, providing 2-3 musical pieces. We will continue the workshop on Sunday afternoon.
A videographer will document the workshop to provide footage for the promotion of a larger gathering in the Spring of 2015.
About Kathy Bullock:
Dr. Kathy Bullock is a Professor of Music at Berea College, Berea, Kentucky where she has worked for the past twenty-three years. She has earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in Music Theory from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and a B.A. in Music from Brandeis University, MA.
At Berea College, Dr. Bullock teaches Music Theory, African-American Music, Ethnomusicology, General Studies courses, directs the Black Music Ensemble, (an eighty-voice choir that specializes in performance of African-American sacred music) and works as a staff accompanist. She has served as the department chair and works diligently in other administrative capacities in the college. Additionally, Dr. Bullock has designed and completed new study abroad programs for Berea College students, traveling to Zimbabwe, Ghana, and Jamaica.
Dr. Bullock's research in sub-African and African-American music and culture as influences of and connections to the African diaspora has afforded her the opportunity to give numerous presentations, performances, lectures, and workshops throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa. These presentations include From Negro Spirituals to Jamaican Revival Songs, Singing in the Spirit, African-American Sacred Music, and African-American and Appalachian Musical Connections. The programs have been performed for organizations, such as the Kentucky Humanities Council, Appalshop Voices from Home, Augusta Heritage Center, and the Smithsonian Institute Folk Festival as well as scholarly conferences.
Dr. Bullock conducts workshops and other music programs in gospel music and gospel piano at schools, camps, churches, and civic organizations in the United States, Europe, and Africa. Other research projects include the compilation and completion of a new edition of art songs by contemporary African-American composers.
About Art & Soul Café: Art & Soul Cafe is dedicated to creating events and programs that stimulate a deeper experience of community through the power of the arts and interspiritual dialogue
New Northside Conference Center (View)
5939 Goodfellow Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63147
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