2023 Festival of African American Spirituals
Notice of Cancellation: Festival of African American Spirituals 2023
It is with deep regret that we announce the cancellation of the Festival of African American Spirituals 2023. Due to an unforeseen illness of the clinician, Dr. Roland M. Carter, it is not possible to hold the festival on its original date of Thursday-Friday, February 16-18, 2023.
We want to assure you that the festival will return in February 2024 and that registration will open in August 2023. The new date for the Festival of African American Spirituals will be Thursday-Saturday, February 22-24, 2024.
All participants who have already paid for their registration will be refunded. The refunds have already been processed and should be reflected in your account within the next few days.
Please stay posted for more details about the Festival of African American Spirituals 2024. We are working hard to make this festival the best it can be and we are confident that it will be a memorable and enjoyable experience for all who attend.
Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you at the Festival of African American Spirituals in 2024.
Christopher C. Taylor, Chairman
Festival of African American Spirituals 2023
The Legend Singers Choral Ensemble
This year the FAAS will be adding a day to the festival for a fireside chat. This will be a Zoom webinar that will host a panel of four foremost authorities on the African American Spiritual. This session will be a Zoom webinar that will take place on Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 7PM CST. This discussion will center around what the African American Spiritual is, its impact, and how to keep it relevant in the modern era. Please click the link below to register for the free webinar.
Let's come together and sing! This year's clinician for the 2023 Festival of African American Spirituals will be Dr. Roland M. Carter, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga professor emeritus. An internationally renowned composer, arranger, conductor, and pianist, who conducted the first concert of the African American Music Series at Carnegie Hall. He is the founder and CEO of MAR-VEL, a publishing company specializing in African American musical traditions. He will lead this year's school choruses and 2023 Festival Choir.
Our community offering for this weekend's joint efforts of area talented singers will be a free afternoon concert. We will be featuring the participating choirs of the 2023 FAAS Festival Choir to share their individual talents and as a finale sing en masse of the weekend's workshop repertoire. This promises to be an afternoon of musical delight for all persons.