Black Sacred Music Symposium

Presented by the University of Illinois Black Chorus
Dr. Ollie Watts Davis, Director and Professor of Voice

Black Sacred Music Symposium XV
Saturday, February 20, 2021

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Black ChorusRegistration (closes February 18 at 11:59 PM)

The Black Sacred Music Symposium, presented by the University of Illinois Black Chorus, was founded in 1991 by Dr. Ollie Watts Davis, Professor of Voice. This four-day, biennial conference is dedicated to the study of Black Sacred Music traditions. For 2021, the Symposium will be a one-day event held virtually. 

The conference provides participants with methods necessary to expand both their performance of the music and understanding of its message. Participants learn from a distinguished faculty of musicians and perform with them in the classroom and in concert. Seminar topics range from the history and development of the African American sacred music traditions, including congregational singing, folk and concert spirituals, metered and improvised hymns, anthems, and traditional gospel expressions, to choral decorum, choral conducting, and vocal and instrumental techniques. Additionally, participants attend musical rehearsals and join the artist faculty in a closing concert of repertoire learned during the Symposium weekend.