We, Too, Sing America

African American Voices of Song

We, Too, Sing America is a docu-series created by Aural Compass Projects during their 2020-2021 season.  This series explores 13 African American composers and poets who have contributed to the art song genre. These episodes are intended to give you an introduction to each artist and help give you the tools necessary to continue your own research. 

"During our first season, we produced a beautiful recital made up of art songs and spirituals by African American composers. During the programming and planning of this concert, I started to become aware of how many incredible composers have been historically left out of the conversation about American composers and the enormous gap that was left in my own training. My hope is that this series will serve as a jumping off point for musicians across the country that are looking to expand their knowledge of American art song repertoire to include all American composers."

Michael Lewis, Artistic Director of ACP

Our Guest Speakers

Dr. H. Leslie Adams

Meroë Khalia Adeeb

Susheel Bibbs

Raehann Bryce-Davis

Dr. Marquese Carter

Dr. Maria Thompson Corley

Patrick Dailey

Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox

Taylor-Alexis DuPont

Patrice Eaton

Dr. Adolphus Hailstork

Jacqueline Hairston

Dr. Tsitsi Ella Jaji

Dr. Christine Jobson

Randye Jones

Dr. Shawn Okpebholo

Sidney Outlaw

Jordan Weatherston Pitts

Elliott Paige

Dave Ragland

Dr. Jamie Reimer

Judith Anne Still

Dr. Darryl Taylor

Dr. Louise Toppin

Our Partnering Institutions

American Composers Alliance

Appalachian State University
Arizona State University
Boston University
University of California Irvine
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
Columbus State University
Cosumnes River College

Ithaca College
James Madison University
University of Michigan
NATS Georgia Chapter
NATS Valley of the Sun Chapter
New England Conservatory of Music
SUNY Fredonia

Our Production Team

Production Director
Michael Lewis

Production Manager
Chelsea Fingal DeSouza

Interviewers
Chelsea Fingal DeSouza
Michael Lewis
Elliott Paige

Editing Assistants
Candace Burgess
CodyRay Caho
Pauline Tan

Narration
Meroë Khalia Adeeb

Music
Michael Lewis