Below are some of the research projects and Web sites I’ve developed:
- The Spirituals Database offers searchable access to recorded track information for over 4,400 Negro Spiritual settings performed by solo Classical vocalists
- Afrocentric Voices in Classical Music. That Web site focuses on African American performers and composers and on the vocal music forms they influenced, especially opera, art songs and Negro spirituals composed for concert performance. There are biographies, bibliographies, a chronology, and other information about this music and these musicians
- The Art of the Negro Spiritual (ANS), looks into historical and performance aspects of the Negro Spiritual as an art song form. I’ve developed a Web site where I share parts of my research and that I use to network with others interested in spirituals.
Some of the papers and articles available online:
- Essay on tenor Roland Hayes’ 1940 recording, “Were You There,” selected for Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry in 2013 (direct link to Were You There-Hayes Essay for Library of Congress NRR .pdf file)
- The Gospel Truth about the Negro Spiritual article comparing the histories and styles of the Negro Spiritual with Gospel Music
- “Who Is Scarpia?: A Pre-Game Talk for Met in HD Broadcast of Puccini’s Tosca,” presented at Grinnell College, January 27, 2018
- The Legacy of Coretta Scott King: A Gracious Voice & Divine Spirit, a biographical sketch focusing on the musical accomplishments of the American Civil Rights icon
- “Current Perspectives on Porgy and Bess,” published in the May 2011 edition of the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) Journal
- “Surveying Current Perceptions of Porgy and Bess” published in the October 2011 edition of the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) Journal
- Burleigh Discography, collaboration with author Jean Snyder’s addendum to Harry T. Burleigh: From the Spiritual to the Harlem Renaissance
New research and writing projects will be added. Please check back.