News from the Morehouse College Department of Music
Senior Jerrell Melton III of Fayetteville, Georgia, was among the students of piano enrolled at Georgia colleges and universities selected as recipients of a scholarship award from the Atlanta Steinway Society for 2017. Awards were presented during a recital on September 24, 2017, in which Mr. Melton performed music by Claude Debussy, Johannes Brahms, and Margaret Bonds. Pictured are Dr. Jefferson Ethridge, Associate Professor of Music at Morehouse College; Jerrell Melton; and April Conaway, President, Atlanta Steinway Society. The Department of Music would like to thank the Atlanta Steinway Society for their generous support of student musicians.
Colour of Music Black Classical Musicians 2017 Festival, Oct 18-22, Charleston, SC: Under the baton of conductor David E. Morrow, Morehouse College Professor of Music, the Sunday, October 22 Matinee Memorial performance honored black composers of our past, the Emanuel-9 and survivors featuring Robert Nathaniel Dett's Chariot Jubilee, Franz Joseph Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass and the world premiere performance of Trevor Weston's Unburied, Unmourned, and Unmarked for string orchestra in honor of those who perished during the Middle Passage.
Aaron Carter-Ényì, Assistant Professor of Music (Theory), gave a research presentation and a workshop at the Society for Music Theory's Annual Meeting, held November 2-5, 2017, in Arlington, VA. The research paper, "Pitch Polarity in Praise Singing and Hip Hop" provided evidence for intonational patterns common to vocal arts (oral poetry and rap) in Nigeria, Kenya, and the United States. The abstract (excerpted below) can be found in the program of the conference: Society for Music Theory 2017. Carter-Ényì also gave a workshop on a new software called EMViz, an app for visualization of Early Music intended for use in undergraduate music history and theory courses and other scholarly activities. The current release of the desktop app can be downloaded here.