Performers for Atlanta Ballet
Prologue Kevin T. Johnson
Prologue Ryanne Johnson
Deep River Ann-Marie McPhail
Steal Away Hanan Davis
Wade in the Water Julia Dennis
When the Battle is Over Clarke Brown
Hallelujah Lydia Pace
Byron Cummings, D’Angelo Crosby, Kevin T. Johnson and Ryanne Johnson
The Golden Gate Singers
Nicole Boddington Cynthia Ford
Brittney Boykin Ryanne Johnson
Clarke Brown Kevin T. Johnson
Hanan Davis Brooke Joynes
Julia Dennis Ann-Marie McPhail Chatiqua Ellison Valentine Willamson
The Spelman College Glee Club
Desirae Banks Nadya Lopez
Lauryn Banks Shelby Marcee
Avery Berkley Elaine Ransom
Elaina Blake Shelby Richardson
Bria Brumfield Faith Shannon
Stephanie Crawford Aiyana Thompson
Imani Diggs Sparkle Trotter
Anetha Evans Kristyn Wilkerson
Conductor, Piano Dr. Kevin P. Johnson
Keyboards Reginald Watkins
Drums Kevin Leahy
Drums & Percussion L’Dante Brown
Guitar Kevin T. Johnson
Bass and Keyboards Whatley
Conductor, Compoeer, Piano
Dr. Kevin Johnson
Spelman College Glee Club
Kevin Johnson, D.M.A., associate professor of music at Spelman College, is a renowned musician, composer and active clinician. He has traveled throughout the United States and Europe providing choral workshops, master classes, seminars and retreats for music educators and churches. He currently the Minister of Music at The Catholic Church of St. Gabriel in Fayetteville, Georgia. His works have resulted in performances for church and school choruses, All-State Choral festivals, Catholic Archdioceses nationwide, as well as international performances with the Spelman College Glee Club. In March 2016, Dr. Johnson led the Glee Club in performance for President Barack Obama at the White House and completed a 2019 performance with the Glee Club in Lisbon, Portugal.Dr. Johnson is an active composer, frequently writing for Catholic worship. He provides an extensive catalog, including seven mass settings, over 300 psalm settings and many sacred songs. In 2013, he completed his second compact disc recording for Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Atlanta entitled, “Reap a Harvest in Due Season: A Treasury of African American Catholic Music.” This work includes his nine compositions and other favorite songs of the church. Under his direction, the Spelman College Glee Club has recorded six compact disc recordings and over twenty recording of the Christmas Carol concert which celebrated its 92nd year in December 2018.As a professional composer, Dr. Johnson, has been commissioned to compose several works, including: “A Choice to Change the World” and We Are Christmas” (commissioned by Spelman College), “The Mass of Faith” (commissioned by Father John Adamski), “The Preacher’s Mass” (commissioned by the Dominican Friars), The Mass of St. Benedict the African (commissioned by the Archdiocese of Chicago) and “The Mass of St. Peter Claver” (commissioned by the Knights of Peter Claver). “The Mass of St. Peter Claver” premiered at an anniversary Mass where the Archbishop of Atlanta, Wilton D. Gregory, celebrated his performance.Dr. Johnson has been published under the Colla Voce, GIA Publications and Treble Clef Press. He continues to publish most of his music through his very own publishing company, Lion and Lamb Publishing. His publications include: “We Are Christmas,” “Steal Away,” “Glory to God,” “Psalms for The Church Year Volumes I, II and III” and many more.
SOLOIST WHEN THE BATTLE IS OVER
Ms. Brown’s melodic mezzo soprano ranges from classical opera to theatrical scores and moving spirituals. This rich versatility belies her relatively recent foray into vocal performance, revealing richness and depth beyond her years of formal study.
While studying Applied Voice during her matriculation at Spelman College in the studio of Ms. Laura English- Robinson, senior voice professor in the Department of Music, Ms. Brown quickly emerged as a skilled, and soulful performer, a true student of her craft.
Classical training in string instruments, including piano, at the Southern Methodist University Piano Pedagogy program, and harp, under the instruction if Ms. Naoko Nakomura, adjunct assistant professor of Harp at Southern Methodist University, laid the foundation for the excellent musicianship that is the hallmark of her interpretations.
Ms. Brown is equally at home as a choral member and soloist. As a member of the Spelman College Glee Club, under the direction of Dr. Kevin Johnson, associate professor of Music at Spelman College, and director of the Spelman College Glee Club, she had the honor of performing with Kathleen Battle in her concert series “Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey,” and with the late Jessye Norman. In 2019, she sang with the Spelman College Glee Club in Vidigueira, Portugal at the Terras Sem Sombra Festival, and Vocal Essence in Minneapolis, MN.
Ms. Brown was the featured soloist at the Voices, Chapel Hill Chorus holiday performance entitled, “Hodie!” in 2018, and she performed in several recordings with Atlanta’Atlanta’s Friendship Baptist Church for GIA Publication, Inc. African American Ecumenical Hymnal “One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism,” in 2018.
Ms. Brown has been employed as a staff vocalist at the historic Friendship and Abyssinian Baptist Churches in Atlanta, GA and Harlem, NY respectively.
The Plano, Texas native earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Spelman College and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Museum Studies at New York University.
Spelman College History
Founded in 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, we became Spelman College in 1924. Now a global leader in the education of women of African descent, Spelman is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and we are proud members of the Atlanta University Center Consortium.Today our student body comprises more than 2,100 students from 43 states and 10 foreign countries. Spelman empowers women to engage the many cultures of the world and inspires a commitment to positive social change through service. We are dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and the intellectual, creative, ethical and leadership development of our students.Spelman is proud of its 76 percent graduation rate (average over six years), one of the best in the nation, but our support doesn’t stop once you step on stage to take your diploma. Our global alumnae network is strong, providing connections and helping hands to graduates as they begin on their path of global engagement.
Spelman College Mission Statement
Spelman College, a historically Black college and a global leader in the education of women of African descent, is dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and the intellectual, creative, ethical, and leadership development of its students. Spelman empowers the whole person to engage the many cultures of the world and inspires a commitment to positive social change
The Spelman College Glee Club History
The Spelman College Glee Club has maintained a reputation for choral excellence since 1924. The organization is open by audition to all students of the Spelman College community. The repertoire consists of sacred and secular choral literature for women’s voices, with a particular focus on traditional spirituals, music by African-American composers, music from many cultures and commissioned works. The Glee Club has traveled throughout the United States and performances for a variety of audiences. Past performances include concerts halls such as Faneuil Hall in Boston, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center, as well as churches, high schools, colleges and universities nationwide. The group’s international travels have taken them to Brazil, Canada, Italy, and most recently Portugal. The organization’s highlight was a March 2016 performance at the White House for President Barack Obama. The Glee Club is the premier performance organization for the College and sings for most campus events. It has the unique opportunity to perform with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ms. Patti LaBelle, Ms. Aretha Franklin, as a part of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration and at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where they honored victims of the Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting. Our Glee Club spends many hours training and practicing in preparation for each performance and are committed to lifting their voices to encourage others through song and with each performance, audiences are left in awe. The Glee Club recently celebrated the 92nd year of their Annual Spelman-Morehouse Christmas Carol Concert. Held with the Morehouse College Glee Club, this concert is featured annually on National PublicRadio and Georgia Public Broadcasting during the holiday season. Other major performances include the Annual Spring Tour during the College’s observation of spring break and an Annual Spring Concert at Spelman. Past directors include the late Kember Harold, Willis Laurence James, Dr. Roland Allison, Aldrich Adkins, Ruth B. Stokes, and Dr. Norma Rabon. Over the years the Glee Club has grown to a membership of 80 phenomenal students. The Glee Club is currently under the direction of Kevin P. Johnson, D.M.A. associate professor of music at Spelman College
Kevin Thomas was born in Los Angeles, California on April 2, 1991. At the age of 9 Kevin Thomas moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he was raised and nurtured into being a musician. Kevin Thomas dreamed of becoming a composer, so when the time came he moved to Boston, Massachusetts and attended Berklee College of Music.
After 1 year at Berklee, he moved back to Atlanta and began performing around the city. His first self-published solo record was entitled, “Watch Me Don’t Listen,” and his second entitled, “Like You Care.” Around the time this was released, Kevin collaborated with a cellist and rapper to form a group called “Hip Hop Meets Classical.” This group explored collaboration and musical concepts which influenced Kevin’s approach to creating going forward. Kevin Thomas’s most recent collaborations include “Not Complicated – EP,” written and produced by Malcolm Parson, Anthony “Ace” Myrick and Kevin Thomas, as well as Blown Away – EP,” written and produced by Jared Coopman and Kevin Thomas.
Over the course of Kevin Thomas’s career, he has shared his gifts at Center Stage, Apache Cafe, The Hard Rock Cafe, Smith’s Olde Bar, The Atrium, The Microsoft Store, The Georgia Dome, The Georgia World Congress Center and more.
Kevin Thomas is now singing with the Golden Gate Singers alongside the Atlanta Ballet in the piece entitled, “Sunrise Divine,” during the World Premier of “Heart/Beat” at Cobb Energy Center, in Atlanta, GA.
A native of Atlanta, GA, Hanan Aseelah Davis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music and Psychology from Spelman College and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from The Ohio State University. Throughout her career, she has been a featured soloist on several stages in the South and the Midwest, performing such works as Vivaldi’s Gloria, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and Mozart’s Requiem. Ms. Davis has participated in several young artist programs, including Georgia State’s Harrower Summer Workshop and Manhattan School of Music’s Summer Voice Festival. Ms. Davis is an Instructor of Voice and African Diaspora and the World at Spelman College, Instructor of Voice at Clark Atlanta University, and a Vocal Teaching Artist with the Atlanta Music Project. Ms. Davis currently sings with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choruses, and the Atlanta Opera Chorus.
Lyric Soprano – Ann Marie McPhail is a native of Atlanta, GA. She was soloist at the 1996 Centennial Olympics Closing Ceremonies in Atlanta and is a past winner of the American Traditions and Rose Palmai-Tenser Vocal Competitions. Currently she is a DMA student at The University of Southern Mississippi in Voice Performance and Choral Conducting. Her credits include opera singer in Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls and Strawberry Woman in the Atlanta Opera’s 2010 production of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess where she received mention in Opera News. Future engagements include returning to Friendship Baptist Church for a free Community Concert with the Atlanta Chamber Players, April 19th, 2020. This July she hopes to advance in the Mozart competition and attend the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria.