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Animado Events Presents

Celebration of Excellence

Celebrating Black and Brown Excellence in the Choral Community

Under the direction of

Jasmine Fripp

Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Join us for a Celebration of Excellence as four accomplished choirs pay tribute to the rich legacy and tradition of black and brown voices.

The KIPP Nashville Collegiate High School Voices of the Elite, Southwind High School Concert Singers, Tennessee State University Meistersingers, and the W. Crimm Singers will perform a selection of inspiring pieces in one of the world’s finest acoustic venues.

This uplifting performance takes place under the direction of Jasmine Fripp, a twice-nominated Grammy Awards Educator.

A Celebration of Excellence

 

About the Performers

KIPP Nashville Collegiate High School Voices of the Elite

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KIPP Nashville Collegiate High School Voices of the Elite was created during the height of the pandemic in 2020.  Since its inception, this ensemble has become a culture shifter within its school and a staple within the Nashville community.

The Voices of the Elite celebrates culture, musicianship, excellence, and family.  Under the direction of Jasmine Fripp, The Voices of the Elite has received superior and excellent ratings at festivals and top rankings at national competitions.  They have graced some of Nashville’s biggest stages, including The Nashville Schermerhorn Symphony Center and The Country Music Hall of Fame Museum.  The Voices of the Elite is often praised for its high-energy performances and vocal versatility.

Southwind High School Concert Singers

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The award-winning Concert Singers of Southwind High School is comprised of 27 honors level high school students from grades 9-12. Over the past 5 years, the ensemble has received superior ratings at regional and national choral adjudication festivals.

In 2019, 2022, & 2023 the Concert Singers received a distinguished invitation to perform on the stage of the Carnegie Hall in New York City along with recognition from TN state commissioners and Shelby County mayoral offices!

Last year they were titled as Best Overall Ensemble at the 2023 World Strides Concert Festival in Orlando, FL as well as one of the best communities for choral music education in their district.

In previous years, the program has sung back-up for gospel music artists Cece Winans, Donnie McClurkin, Kim Burrell, and Courtney Franklin as well as a plethora of local artists. The choir has also had consistent representation in the All-West & All-State Tennessee Choirs and will be represented this summer in Las Vegas, Nevada at the NAACP National Act-So competition.

Tennessee State University Meistersingers

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Meistersingers, directed by Dr. Angelica Dunsavage, is a select vocal ensemble designed to give members an experience in small-ensemble singing. They serve as Ambassadors for the University, performing for special functions in the state of Tennessee as well as traveling to other states.

Most recently, the Meistersingers have performed on the premiere of The Jonah People, have traveled to Alabama for a documentary filming, and performed at Carnegie Hall. Meistersingers is composed of students across TSU campus.

The W. Crimm Singers

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The W. Crimm Singers is a professional ensemble-in-residence of the Big Blue Opera Initiatives at Tennessee State University. As “Wakanda” suggests, they wholly embrace the music of the Black experience throughout the diaspora and every genre connected to it.

A versatile ensemble, major emphasis is placed on the Negro Spiritual, African American operatic and concert repertoire, hymnody, and anthems. The W. Crimm Singers boasts a roster of over 70 artists. Moreover, this aggregation is committed to providing professional opportunities to young artists of color from area colleges and universities.

In their time together, the W. Crimm Singers has recorded and performed with Louis York (American Griots, 2019), Stars Go Dim, Intersection Contemporary Music Ensemble, Hannibal Lokumbe, Rodrick Dixon, and been featured on 91Classical’s Live in Studio C and Bobby Jones Presents.

In 2019, The group debuted in the Colour of Music Festival performing Dett’s The Chariot Jubilee under the baton of Dr. David Morrow and in 2020, presented Songs from the Heart of a Woman: The Vocal Music of Florence Price for the virtual International Florence Price Festival. Later that year, they were featured in Black Youth Project’s Virtual Juneteenth Celebration.

Members of the W. Crimm Singers were featured soloists in Handel’s Messiah with Early Music City at the Music City Messiah Festival in December 2021, marking the first all-Black vocal cast performance of work in Nashville in over 25 years. They have been staples of the Harry T. Burleigh Spirituals Festival since 2018 and performed for the 54th and 55th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration at the National Civil Rights Museum.

Most recently, the ensemble contributed to Sir the Baptist and Tennessee State University Band’s Grammy Award winning album, The Urban Hymnal (2022). Additionally, the W. Crimm Singers were featured on Reportin’ for Duty: A Tribute to Leslie Jordan (Circle TV, 2023), making their Grand Ole Opry debut.

A special thanks to Excellence Realty Group for its generous sponsorship!

Excellence Realty Group 

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