17th Annual World-Premiere Weekend Event. Special Thanks to everyone that supported this years World-Premiere Weekend Events. Please select read more to find photos for the all the weekend events.
Composers-In-Residence Each year the foundation selects a musician with credentials in composition and arranging to receive a modified residency in conjunction with our competition for the GRADY-RAYAM PRIZE In Sacred Music. This residency commissions a musician to prepare a new arrangement of a traditional Negro spiritual for solo voice and piano delivered in high, medium, [...]
Our “NS”SF annual calendar of events showcases the enormous talent of our professional and student artists, gathers patrons and supporters for fellowship around our cause, and introduces our programs to new friends. We use these occasions to advance the values that are fundamental to fulfilling our mission: *TO PRESERVE AND PROMOTE THE HERITAGE OF ARRANGED [...]
The Foundation is amassing and archiving materials that help to portray the cultural significance of the Negro spiritual song, as well as items that describe the historical value of this important American national treasure. Artifacts, personal writings, published articles and essays, and musical memorabilia of all kind are desired. Please consider donating any spirituals-related items [...]
The Foundation maintains our Dorothy T. Johnson Library of scored manuscripts, audio recordings and songbooks as a repository to house the Roland M. Carter Collection (treatments of arranged Negro spirituals including the GRADY-RAYAM Series of spirituals set for solo voice and piano) and the Edna S. Hargrett-Thrower Collection (treatments drawn from all other genres, many [...]
The Foundation is committed to providing music education opportunities to senior high and post-secondary singers, especially those hoping to grow in their appreciation of the Negro spiritual song genre. We operate our Robert Williams Ph.D. Music Studio for voice or piano lessons, vocal coaching in advance of concert or recital performance, and tutoring in music [...]