Voice Seminar: Black Voices

Harlem NYC as backdrop to often unheard black voices

Black Voices of the Harlem Renaissance

A Voice Workshop /  Performance Seminar

Join Pakachoag faculty member Christon Carney, tenor and member of Boston Lyric Opera, as he leads music and discussion on composers of color who wrote art songs for the voice during the Harlem Renaissance.  Classes for the 8-week session will be held on Tuesday evenings 6:30-7:15 PM beginning July 5.

  1. What to Expect

    Classes will be engaging for youth and adults alike (13+).  Through the combination of seminars and masterclasses, you’ll come away with new ideas for how to appropriately express your and the composer’s musical vision when working with music of different styles.

    Mr. Carney will share his own passion for the music of this unique era in Black American cultural history and lead participants in learning about six of the most influential song writers from the Harlem Renaissance of the early 20th century as well as music of three contemporary black composers.

    Classes will include discussion and performance alternating with masterclasses.

    Those who take or have taken voice lessons are encouraged to perform in one of the bi-weekly masterclasses – but this is not a requirement.


  2. Session Outline

    July 5Seminar | Florence Price & Leslie Adams
    July 12: Masterclass
    July 19: Seminar | Margaret Bonds & William Grant Still
    July 26: Masterclass
    August 2: Seminar | Robert Owens & David Baker
    August 9: Masterclass
    August 16: Seminar | Living Composers: Anthony Green, Jonathan B. Holland, George Walker
    August 23: Performance Masterclass

Class Schedule | Tuition & Registration

Black Voices of the Harlem Renaissance: A Performance Seminar | Christon Carney, teacher
8 Classes | Tuesdays, 6:30-7:15 pm (45-minutes) | July 5 – August 23
Tuition: $140
Tuition includes four seminars and four masterclasses (as participant and/or observer)

Location: 10 Irving Street (All Saints Church) | Worcester, MA | 2nd Floor
If unable to use stairs, please contact Kristjon@pakmusic.org.  The School may be able to arrange a first floor room for group classes.

Registration and payment must be received in advance of class start date.  Tuition is non-refundable once registration has been submitted.

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Learn more about the Harlem Renaissance here.