FSU Arts Department Presents Concert
The Department of Performing and Fine Arts at Fayetteville State University (FSU) will host a concert by the Spiritual Renaissance Singers of Greensboro, at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, in Seabrook Auditorium on the campus.
The ensemble was founded in 1999 by Patricia Trice, Charlotte Alston, Elvia Green, Valerie Johnson, Vivian McCullough, and Clifford Watkins with the purpose of perpetuating through performance the unaccompanied arrangements of the African-American spiritual.
The ensemble, now 24 voices, has performed throughout the Greensboro area as well as in Washington, D.C. They have held a residency at Bennett College for Women since 1999, performed at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C., performed yearly presentations for school children, and hosted a festival for over 200 collegiate singers at First Baptist Church in Greensboro.
The director is Dr. Patricia Trice, who also co-founded the Spiritual Renaissance singers of Tampa, Fla., in 1989. Johnson has music degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, University of Illinois, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and Florida State University. She was a member of the faculty at North Carolina A&T University and Hillsborough Community College in Tampa. She is the author of the reference book, "Choral Arrangements of the African American Spiritual," published by Greenwood Press. She is an active clinician and arranger and a church musician. She is presently coordinator of music at Providence Baptist Church in Greensboro and director of the Sanctuary Choir.
The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Dr. Marvin Curtis at (910) 672-1276.
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