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.