We Shall Overcome: Suite for Solo Organ
Music by African-American Women Series
This poignant work by African-American composer Sharon J. Willis is a suite of four movements, each built on a different spiritual and event from the American Civil Rights movement. This powerful work has a tremendous impact on audiences who never fail to comment on its compelling musical story. Excellent program notes are included.
VIV 351, 16 pages, $13.95
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A Brief Bio of the Composer
Sharon J. Willis is Choral Director and Voice Instructor at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1997, Dr. Willis celebrated 25 years of music ministry in the Greater Atlanta community. Her directorships included Beulah Baptist Church, Southwest Presbyterian, Ben Hill United Methodist, Hoosier United Methodist, Greenforrest Baptist, and New Life Presbyterian Church as Director of Music Ministry for ten years. She is also well-established as a composer, soprano, lecture-recital artist, voice teacher, poet, and African American Program Specialist.
Dr. Willis holds degrees from The University of Georgia (Doctorate in Vocal Performance); Georgia State University (Master of Music in Theory); Scarritt Graduate School (Master of Church Music, Conducting); and Clark College, now Clark Atlanta University (Bachelor of Music, Voice and Theory). As a composer, Dr. Willis has written many spiritual arrangements, afrocentric dramas and short plays, classical art songs, and poetry. The composer has has just recently completed her first opera, The Opera Singer, as a celebration and tribute to the 19th century African American prima donna. Sissieretta Jones, known as The Black Patti.
Dr .Willis has performed with The Phoenix Opera Company, Olga Loveland, Director, and The Georgia Opera Company under Patricia Hauerman in Atlanta singing lead roles in Hansel and Gretel, The Crucible, The Merry Widow, Gianni Schicchi, El Capitan, The Stoned Guest, The Magic Flute, Porgy and Bess, Little Red Riding Hood, and A Little Night Music.
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