Jackson State chorale members sing at Kennedy Center, earn scholarships

Felix Hall and Briana Sheriff


Four Jackson State University students took part in the 105 Voices of History Choir performance on September 19 for a sold-out audience at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The choir is made up of students representing 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities from the United States and Virgin Islands. 

The four students, Felix Hall, Briana Sheriff, Michelle Woods and Tiffany Williams, are all members of the University Concert Chorale at Jackson State, which is conducted by W. Cortez Castilla. Hall, Sheriff and Williams are also members of the University Choir, conducted by Loretta Galbreath. 

Two of the students, Hall, a junior music education major, and Sheriff, a junior voice major, each received a $5,000 scholarship. Both students are studying in the vocal area of the music department.  

During the concert, the choir sang African-American spirituals, selections from Beethoven, Brahms and Verdi, jazz and gospel selections and classical pieces by African-American composers including Roland Carter, Undine Smith Moore and former JSU conductor Robert Morris. 

“All of them did an outstanding job,” Castilla said.


8 thoughts on “Jackson State chorale members sing at Kennedy Center, earn scholarships

  1. Way to go, guys! The music department at JSU is awesome!

    Felix Alexander Hall, I always knew that you would go places! That’s why your name means happy leader. Keep up the great work! Your father and I are sooo proud of you!

    Mr. Castilla, thank you for inspiring your students. We need more dedicated people like you in education who will teach the whole student (body, soul, and spirit).

  2. I am so proud of you all! As a former member of the JSU Chorale (1991-1993), I find it a blessing that each of you continue to uphold the Light of Jackson State University not only locally, but on a grand, INTERNATIONAL scale. Congratulations!

  3. Congrats! Proud to be a former member of The University Choir 03′-05’… Glad to see that my alma mater was represented well in Washington, D.C.

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