IWU Chapel to Host Faculty Concert of African-American Songs
October 4, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University’s Chaplain’s Office and the Evelyn
Chapel Advisory Board will welcome Carren D. Moham, associate professor of voice at
IWU, and Michael Lester, minister of music and arts at Peace Lutheran Church and instructor
of piano and voice at Otterbein College, Columbus, Ohio, to the University’s weekly
chapel hour on Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. in Evelyn Chapel (1301 Park St., Bloomington).
Accompanied by Lester on piano, Moham, a soprano, will present two cycles of songs
by African-American composers.
The first cycle on the program, Five Songs of Laurence Hope, was composed by Harry T. Burleigh, who, in the early part of the 20th century, was
the first composer to notate spirituals so they could be performed on stage. The
five songs are based on the poetry of Adela Florence Cory, who wrote under the pseudonym
Laurence Hope in the late 19th century.
John Carter who, in 1968, was appointed composer-in-residence for the National Symphony
Orchestra in Washington, D.C., composed Cantata, the second song cycle to be performed, by adapting several Negro spirituals into
a five-movement suite for voice and piano.
Moham, who received her doctoral degree in 1997 from Ohio State University in Columbus,
Ohio, centered her research there on vocal pedagogy and black music studies, subjects
she continues to pursue at Illinois Wesleyan.
Before joining the music faculty at IWU, Moham performed professionally with major
opera companies and symphony orchestras both in the United States and abroad and won
a number of vocal competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and the
Leontyne Price Vocal Competition. In 2002, she released a compact disc, Sonnets on Love, Rosebuds and Death: Songs by African American Women, which also featu
res piano accompaniment by Lester.
For more information, contact the Illinois Wesleyan School of Music at (309) 556-3061
Contact: Rebecca Welzenbach or Meg Dubuque, (309) 556-3181