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St. Louis, MO:

The St. Louis African Chorus’ African Choral Odyssey Series® is a mosaic of vibrant choral music from diverse regions of Africa, and has been designed to educate the public about the diversity of African choral music. This season and the next showcases artists and groups from Benin Republic, Botswana, Congo, Kenya, and Nigeria. Upcoming concerts and ticket information are updated on our Calendar Page.

New Orleans, LA:

Since June 1996 African Chorus has held camps, workshops and other interactive arts events across North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Instructors from Uganda, Liberia, Kenya, the Congos, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Guinea, Gambia, Namibia, South Africa, Egypt, and other parts of Africa have participated. Each event has attracted its own following to the African Chorus Project. Most choral directors in the United States and Europe are now programming African music with increased confidence. More sheet music is being engraved and made available to the public. New social bridges are being developed across racial, ethnic and religious lines.

Schedule an African Choral Music Camp or Workshop in your area today. At each session students and teachers rehearse daily under the expert leadership of a renowned African choral director. Emphasis is on choral music, but there’s also some instruction on instrumental accompaniment, choreography, dance, gesturing, and other performance practices. At the end of each workshop or camp participants give a concert or more, depending on the volume of repertoire mastered. New friendships and bonds are formed. There’s usually a large selection of sheet music to purchase and to build a repertoire of African choral music. This season instructors are expected from Kenya, the Congo, Nigeria, Botswana, Benin Republic, among others. Each event is tailored to meet the need of the presenter, and all activities encourage multigenerational and multiracial participation.

The African Choral Music Camps & Workshops® is now administered by the New Orleans African Chorus. To schedule an event in your area call 504-813-1443 or email workshops@africanchorus.org.

Washington, D.C:

The USA pipe organ radio show Pipe Dreams played selections from the Spiritual Fantasy album in February. You can listen to it online at Pipedreams”http://www.pipedreams.org/listings/shows02_02.htm>Pipedreams.  This was another momentous occasion for organist Lucius Weathersby, and flutist Wendy Hymes on the CD. Recorded at the 1864 Willis Organ at St. Michael & All Angels Church, Great Torrington, Devon, England, the CD (Albany CD-4409) is available in stores and at www.albanyrecords.com

Toronto, Canada:
On November 17, 2002 the St. Louis African Chorus featured prominently in an OntarioTV short documentary on the Toronto International Choral Festival of May 31 - June 22, 2002. The Chorus participation was one of the highlights of the festival, and showcased one concert and several workshops on music from Benin Republic, Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Namibia, and South Africa. The touring troupe comprised of thirty members of the African Chorus, drawn from St. Louis and New York.

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