Welcome to Aural Compass Projects!

Aural Compass Projects is dedicated to performing new and less-performed works. We strive to foster and develop a solid moral compass which guides our work in advancing towards equality and better representation in the arts.

We are incredibly excited to announce our newest project: We, Too Sing America: African American Voices of Song, a series documenting the lives and works of African American composers and poets.

We are developing this docu-series as a resource for musicians and music lovers who are interested in learning more about African American composers and poets who have made incredible contributions to the art song genre. This series will be about 20 episodes with each one focusing on a specific composer or poet’s life, influence, and their important works. In an effort to make this available to as many students as possible, we are partnering with many schools and voice departments across the country that are interested in our work and will be sharing this series with their students.

This series will feature some of the leading performers and scholars of spirituals and African American art song, including:

-H. Leslie Adams, composer
-Meroë Khalia Adeeb, soprano
-Susheel Bibbs, soprano
-B.E. Boykin, composer
-Raehann Bryce-Davis, mezzo-soprano
-Dr. Marquese Carter, tenor and President of The International Florence Price Festival
-Patrick Dailey, countertenor and Founding Director of the Harry T. Burleigh Spiritual Festival and Big Blue Opera Initiatives at Tennessee State University
-Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox, soprano and creator of the Dunbar Music Archive
-Taylor-Alexis Dupont, mezzo-soprano
-Patrice P. Eaton, mezzo-soprano
-Jacqueline Hairston, composer and spiritual scholar
-Dr. Christine Jobson, soprano and author of Florence Price: An Analysis of Select Art Songs with Text by Female Poets
-Randye Jones, soprano, spiritual scholar, and author of “So You Want to Sing Spirituals”
-Nkeiru Okoye, composer
-Dr. Shawn Okpebholo, composer
-Sidney Outlaw, baritone
-Elliott Paige, tenor, Aural Compass Projects team member, and host of What's the TEA?
-Dr. Darryl Taylor, countertenor and founder of African American Art Song Alliance
-Dr. Louise Toppin, soprano and scholar
-Dave Ragland, composer and founder of Inversion Vocal Ensemble
-Karen Slack, soprano

We are currently partnering with Appalachian State University, Arizona State University School of Music, Boston University, Binghamton University, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Columbus State University, Georgia NATS, University of Michigan, and Valley of the Sun Chapter NATS.

If you would like to join our list of partnering schools please contact Aural Compass Projects at info@auralcompassprojects.org.

Starting in January 2021, these episodes will will be released to the public weekly through our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/ACPYouTubePage

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