Augustus O. Hill (USA)

The American Negro Spiritual:
A Gift to Choral Music

Monday, July 9, 2012 at 13:30

This workshop will discuss and demonstrate various aspects of choral performance practices of the American Negro spiritual. It will also view elements of the music itself, its origins, and take into consideration the social, political, and historical environment.


Augustus O. Hill is the artistic director of the Brazeal Dennard Chorale of Detroit, Michigan. He received a BS in mathematics from Wilberforce University, an MS in personnel counseling from Miami University (Ohio), a BM in composition and MM in composition and choral conducting from Wayne State University, and a Ph.D. in composition and music theory from the University of Michigan. Dr. Hill is a former university counselor and administrator, and has served on the music faculties of Wayne State University and Marygrove College. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Flint Symphony Orchestra, University of Michigan Symphony Band, soprano Jessye Norman, cellist Anthony Elliott, and a variety of other soloists and instrumental and choral ensembles have performed his compositions and arrangements.