Save the dates for Music in the Black Church, February 17 & 18.
Join us at First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor 608 E. William St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104.
Doors Open at 8:30 am
Featured speakers, performers, and conductors will provide insights and experiences designed to learn about and explore topics such as church music publications including Dr. James Abbington's, Let the Church Sing On! Reflections on Black Sacred Music by GIA Publications, Inc., musical styles including traditional African American spirituals, hymns, gospel, anthems, and other music used in worship. Guests include: Dr. Uzee Brown, Jr., former Chair of the Division of Creative and Performing Arts at Morehouse College, director of the Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir, and author of Spirituals and Inspirational Songs, GIA Publications, Inc.; in addition to Dr. Willis Patterson former Dean and faculty emeritus of University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance (UM STMD), and founder of Willis Patterson Our Own Thing Chorale; Composer, conductor, educator and music director Dr. Brandon Waddles; and Alice McAllister Tillman, Soprano, Music Director, WPOOTC and Artistic Director, the Brazeal Dennard Chorale.
* A complimentary lunch will be provided from workshop attendees. Registration is required (click on button, right). Spaces are limited.
A culminating concert at First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor will offer a sampling of Music in the Black Church for the appreciation of all. The Brazeal Dennard Chorale of Detroit , and singers from Bethel AME Church Ann Arbor will join WPOOTC and guest soloists to perform works by African American composers/arrangers including a performance of Adolphus Hailstork’s I Will Lift Mine Eyes.
The 2023 - 2024 season begins on September 20. Rehearsals are Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm at Church of the Good Shepherd, 2145 Independence Blvd. 48103. NO AUDITION REQUIRED. Just join us and we'll get you started.
The Willis C. Patterson Our Own Thing Chorale has a 50+ year history of serving southeast Michigan and beyond through the Instructional Program for youth (1969), and the community Chorale (1971), both founded by Dr. Patterson.
The Willis C.Patterson Our Own Thing Chorale (OOTC) is committed to the preservation and performance of traditional African American spirituals as well as contemporary choral compositions written and/or arranged by African American composers and musicians. The Chorale also works to raise funds for the Our Own Thing Instructional Program.
The Willis C. Patterson Our Own Thing Instructional Program provides free instruction in the arts, both vocal and instrumental, use of musical instruments, and scholarships to area youngsters who would otherwise be unable to afford the opportunity to study music.
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Willis Patterson Our Own Thing Chorale
PO Box 2439, Ann Arbor 48106-2439
The Willis Patterson Our Own Thing Chorale is a 501)(c)(3) qualified charitable organization. No goods or services were provided in exchange for this donation and your contribution is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. . the Instructional program is a Branch of OOTC.
The Willis Patterson Our Own Thing Chorale (also known as The Willis C Patterson Our Own Thing Chorale and The Willis C Patterson Our Own Thing Instructional Program) is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, formerly incarcerated, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, membership and volunteer leadership. Reasonable accommodation will also be provided to persons with disabilities, to disabled veterans, and to accommodate religious practices.