Protected: BIPOC-Led (Vocal) Music Organizations

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Director: Dr. Louise Toppin
Location: Detroit/Ann Arbor, Michigan

Videmus is a non-profit arts organization committed to educational and collaborative projects on the repertoire of African American, Women and under-represented composers through the promotion and production of recordings, concerts and other programs. In 2011, Videmus established and held the first George Shirley African American Art Song and Opera Competition to encourage the performance of this repertoire by High School students. Students compete annually for college scholarships and performance opportunities.

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The African American Art Song Alliance

Director: Darryl Taylor
Location: Irvine, California

Founded in 1997, this is the home of interchange between performers and scholars interested in art song by African-American composers. Here you will find information and links to assist with your discovery of our contribution to song.

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Castle of Our Skins

Artistic & Executive Director: Ashleigh Gordon
Associate Artistic Director: Anthony R. Green
Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Born out of the desire to foster cultural curiosity, Castle of our Skins is a concert and educational series dedicated to celebrating Black artistry through music. From classrooms to concert halls, Castle of our Skins invites exploration into ​Black heritage and culture, spotlighting both unsung and celebrated ​figures of past and present.

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Americolor Opera

Founder & Director: Dr. Sharon J. Willis
Location: Atlanta, Georgia

The mission of Americolor Opera is to serve the Greater Atlanta community by presenting American and Afro-Centric stage works; by offering opportunities to local talented professional and amateur artists; and providing an accessible and affordable platform for classical art form.

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Black Opera Alliance

The mission of the Black Opera Alliance is to empower Black classical artists and administrators by exposing systems of racial inequity and under-representation of the African diaspora in all facets of the industry and challenging institutions to implement drastic reform.

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Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts

Founders: Victor Simonson & Pamela Simonson
Location: Fort Washington, Maryland

CAAPA's Mission is to help "Bring Color to the Classics!" by promoting opportunities for Black classical musicians and others in the performing arts through arts performances, education, and outreach.

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