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GerogiaNolanPayton 100The Georgia & Nolan Payton Archive of Sacred Music consists of music, books, periodicals, documents, audio & visual materials, and oral histories. The primary goal of the Archive is to facilitate research and documentation of collections of African Diaspora sacred music (church music and religious concert music) created and/or performed by the multicultural population of Southern California.

LIVING LEGENDS FESTIVAL  2006 - A Celebration of the Musical Masters of African Diaspora Sacred Music Announces A Voice Master Class With Dr. Willis Patterson (Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor & Editor, Anthology of Art Songs by Black American Composers, vol. 1 & 2).

Friday, April 28, 2006 --  11 am
At California State University Dominguez Hills – LaCorte Hall

The music departments of CSU Dominguez Hills and El Camino College invite applications from singers of exceptional talent and artistry.  A Vocal Master Class will be led by Dr. Willis Patterson, 2006 Living Legends Festival Artist.  Dr. Patterson will coach singers on the performance of art songs by African American composers,  and on the solo performance of the Spiritual. Note that the following composers are included in the Patterson Anthology: Leslie Adams, David Baker, Margaret Bonds, Charles Brown, Cecil Cohen, Noel DaCosta, Mark Fax, Adolphus C. Hailstork, Eugene W. Hancock, Thomas H. Kerr, Charles Lloyd,  Wendell Logan, Maurice McCall, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Undine  Moore, Robert Owens, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Florence B. Price, Hale Smith, William Grant Still, Howard Swanson, George Walker, Olly Wilson and John Wesley Work, Jr.

There are a limited number (up to 8) of performance slots for this Master Class.

Up to 30 slots are available for auditors. There is no separate application form.

Performers: Applications for those who wish to perform should include:

  1. a letter of interest
  2. Complete musical resume (include voice category, length of study;  voice teachers)
  3. A listing of the proposed repertoire (up to 3 selections – Spirituals & art songs by African American composers; performance time not to exceed 10 minutes)
  4. Full contact information (name; address; phone; fax; e-mail),  and
  5. Letter of recommendation.

No special application information is needed.  Auditors should notify the Program Director of your request to attend the MasterClass.  Applications for singers and auditors are to be received before April 20, 2006.  Submit to:


Dr. Hansonia L. Caldwell
Professor of Music and Co-Director, Living Legends Festival 2006
LaCorte Hall  A343
CSU Dominguez Hills; Carson, California 90747
Phone: 310/243-2463; Fax: 310/649-2758
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


csudh logo WhiteThe African Diaspora Sacred Music & Musicians Program (ADSMM) is an archiving, research and performance program of the California State University Dominguez Hills Music Department , implemented in partnership with the Africana Studies Department and the University Library . The program is multidimensional, and includes the Georgia and Nolan Payton Archive of Sacred Music, the Dominguez Hills Jubilee Choir, and the African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians Network & Forum.