Research Activities

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:


New research and writing projects will be added. Please check back.