Black Sacred Music Symposium XVI STANDARD

University of Illinois Black Chorus, host
Dr. Ollie Watts Davis, Founder & Director

February 16-19, 2023
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Full Symposium Schedule

Pre-Symposium XVI Session

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

5:00pm Musicology Colloquium, School of Music Building
Presenter: Dr. Braxton Shelley

Symposium XVI STANDARD Conference Schedule

Thursday, February 16, 2023

4:45pm – 5:45pm | Registration, Foellinger Great Hall Mezzanine Level, KCPA

6:00pm | Opening Ceremony, Foellinger Great Hall, KCPA
“Ever OnWarD: Advancing the Sacred Trust”
Presenter: Dr. Ollie Watts Davis

6:30pm | Plenary Session I: “The Gospel Imagination”
Presenter: Dr. Braxton Shelley

8:00pm | Combined Choir Rehearsal

Friday, February 17, 2023

11:30am | Food for the Soul Lunch & Learn
Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural Center
Host: Dr. Ollie Watts Davis
Attendees: Invited Guests

6:00pm | Gathering, Music Building Auditorium

6:15pm | Plenary Session II: “Embracing God’s Heart for Justice: The Psalms as a Discipleship Manual and Justice Curriculum”
Presenter: Dr. K. Edward Copeland

7:00pm | Plenary Session III: “Speaking and Singing Salvation”
Presenter: Dr. H. Steven Sims

8:30pm | Combined Choir Rehearsal

Saturday, February 18, 2023

10:00am | Gathering, Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall

10:10am | Plenary Session IV: Vertical Talks
“Black Sacred Arts: A Comprehensive and Multi-Generational Approach”
Presenter: Walter Owens

“Tune my Heart to Sing”
Presenter: L’Tanya Moore-Copeland

“Music Simplicity and Songwriting”
Presenter: Pastor John David Wright

11:15am | Plenary Session V: Lightning Talks

“Glad to be of Good Service: Building an Engaged Music Ministry”
Presenter: Ashley M. Davis, MBA

“Black Sacred Music: Inside and Outside the Black Church Context”
Presenter: Rev. Wyeth Duncan

“Pedagogy: Methodology for Teaching the Sacred Music Traditions of Black Americans”
Presenter: Kimberly Fullerton-Smith

“For Worship: The Challenge of Aesthetic Choices and Contexts”
Presenter: Reginald Earl Payne II

“Music as Message: Sermons in Spirituals”
Presenter: Dr. Casey Robards

12:30pm | Lunch

1:15pm | Combined Choir Rehearsal

3:45pm | Symposium Closing Ceremony

4:00pm | Fellowship, Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural Center
Host: Dr. Ollie Watts Davis
Attendees: Guest Artists and Invited Guests

Sunday, February 19, 2023

1:30pm | Technical Rehearsal, Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Hall

4:00pm | Black Sacred Music Symposium XVI STANDARD Concert

6:30pm | Reception, Lobby, Smith Memorial Hall

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