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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 2010 - A Celebration of the Musical Masters of African Diaspora Sacred Music, featuring a Festival Concert with Two Living Legends – Dr. Lena J. McLin, and Dr. Joanna Medawar Nachef conducting the LIVING LEGENDS FESTIVAL CHOIR.


In 2003 the African Diaspora Sacred Music Living Legends Festival was organized by the CSU Dominguez Hills Georgia and Nolan Payton Archive to facilitate cultural preservation and awareness and musical exchange within Southern California.  The Festival brings distinguished African Diaspora musicians to work with the choral musicians of the area.  This Festival includes a Festival Choir with voices drawn from high school, college, community and professional choirs of Los Angeles.  Events typically include a Dialogue/Lecture-demonstration session with the Festival’s Living Legend artists, high school choir workshop, open Festival Choir rehearsals and a culminating Festival Concert.


Tuesday, April 6 @ 7 pm - Festival Choir Rehearsal at CSU Dominguez Hills -  1000 East Victoria, Carson, California - LaCorte Hall A103

Wednesday, April 7 @ 7 pm - Festival Choir Rehearsal at El Camino - Music  Building/Haag Auditorium (16007 Crenshaw Blvd.; Torrance)

Monday, April 12 @ 7 pm - Festival Choir Rehearsal at Knox Presbyterian Church - (5840 La Tijera Blvd --  LA 90056;  2 blocks east of LaCienega  --  South of Slauson)

Tuesday, April 13 @ 7 pm - Festival Choir Rehearsal at CSUDH

Wednesday, April 14 @ 7 pm - Festival Choir Rehearsal at El Camino

Friday, April 16 @ 6 pm – Festival Choir Dress Rehearsal at Peninsula Community Church (5640 Crestridge Road; Rancho Palos Verdes)

Saturday, April 17 – 4:30 pm - Choir CALL at Peninsula Community Church

FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE - Saturday, April 17 – 7 pm
at Peninsula Community Church
5640 Crestridge Road; Rancho Palos Verdes


Wednesday, April 14 @ 11:30 am - Living Legend Festival Lecture Dr. Joanna Medawar Nachef - The Spiritual on the International Stage CSUDH - LaCorte Hall - A103

Thursday, April 15 @ 1 pm -  Living Legend Festival Lecture & Master Class  Dr. Lena J. McLin - Interpreting the Spiritual - CSUDH - LaCorte Hall

Friday, April 16 @ 9 am - Living Legends High School Choir Workshop and College Fair - at CSUDH University Union

Friday, April 16 @ 11:45 am: Living Legends Invitational Luncheon -- at CSUDH Loker Union Club 1910


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.