James Abbington’s 2019 Fall Institute Events
Thursday, October 17
Samples of New Music in the African American Church Music Series and Morehouse College Series
Breakout 1 (9:00 AM – 10:15 AM) | Gratz Room 4E
In this workshop, James Abbington will showcase a few of the newer choral anthems in GIA’s AACMS and Morehouse College Series. This session will function as a small reading session where Dr. Abbington will give background information and performance suggestions on each piece while also providing thoughts on when it might be appropriate to use during the church year.
Using the Negro Spiritual in Worship and Concert Performance
Breakout 4 (2:45 PM – 4:00 PM) | Gratz Room 4E
This session will examine the differences between the Negro folk, or congregational spiritual and the concert, or arranged spiritual in worship and concert performance. These sacred folk songs, created by anonymous individuals or groups of individuals and by arrangers are truly an American creation and have been captured in four-part settings in hymnals and collections and in extended arrangements for choirs. Using various examples from current denomination hymnals and concert choral arrangements of Negro spiritual, the session will focus on their appropriate liturgical uses and general performance practices of this genre.
Friday, October 18
The Music of the People: Dvorak Revisited
Keynote Address (9:00 AM – 10:00 AM) | Buchanan Chapel
Description coming soon.