About Us

The Fisk Jubilee Singers Alumni (FJSA)

The Fisk Jubilee Singers Alumni  (FJSA) was created to connect former members and supporters of The Fisk Jubilee Singers.


Officers

President - George (Geo) Cooper ('82)

Vice President - Myrna Beckett-Burnside - ('71)

Secretary - Ouida Davis ('86)

Treasurer - Angela Roberts Jones ('83)

Corresponding Secretary - MarcQo Patton ('11)


Advisory Board

Janelle R. Caldwell West

Joy McElrath

G. Kris Smith


Consultant

Edwin D. King ('81), Website Designer

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Inaugural Heritage Award Concert 2016

Inaugural concert was held October 6, 2016, honoring Diane Nash, Civil Rights Activist. 

2nd Annual Heritage Award Concert 2017

2nd Annual concert was held October 6, 2017 honoring Patti Austin, Sarah Vaught, and Mahalia Jackson.

About The Heritage Award

The Heritage Award

          We at Fisk University are especially proud of our very own Original Fisk Jubilee Singers.  The Fisk Jubilee Singers were the very first global Black Music Superstars!  They traveled the world over bringing the MOTHER OF ALL MODERN BLACK MUSIC GENRES, The NEGRO SPIRITUAL, to audiences that had never before heard such a sound.  The 9 members of that first troupe in 1871 put Black music on the map and the tour of England by 11 Jubilee Singers not only made a musical impression, their elegance and sophistication served to dispel the notion that Blacks were unintelligent and uneducable.  Frederick Douglass himself proclaimed that the Fisk Jubilee Singers did more to dispel untruths about the Negro than any other entity in America.

          Over the years the Fisk Jubilee Singers tradition has continued.  Directors like John Work II, Mrs. James A. Myers, John Work, III, and Dr. Matthew Kennedy, have left an indelible mark on the history of American Music.  However, today, the role of African Americans in the development of this great tradition of the art of music is in danger of being misinterpreted and misrepresented.

          It is for that reason that Fisk Jubilee Singers Alumni, supported by the General Alumni Association of Fisk University, Inc.,  have instituted the Fisk Jubilee Singer Alumni Heritage Award.

 The Fisk Jubilee Singers Alumni Heritage Award is given for lifetime achievement in musical genres derived from the Negro Spiritual.  It is intended to recognize those artists that have, during the course of their careers, lifted the quality of art in their associated genre(s).  The first awarding of this honor will occur at the FJSA's Heritage Award Concert on the evening of Jubilee Day, October 6, 2017, 7PM in the Fisk Memorial Chapel on the Campus of Fisk University.  The concert will feature the Music of each awardee as presented by members of the Fisk Jubilee Singers Alumni, all of whom were, of course, past Fisk Jubilee Singers.  Each recipient will receive the title "Honorary Fisk Jubilee Singer" by Dr. Paul Kwami, the Curb Chair Director of the Fisk Jubilee Singers.  Leading the effort are Nashville songstress Kim Fleming (vocal director) and Keyboardist Derrick Lee (Musical Director) both past Fisk Jubilee Singers. 

The Talley House - Home of The Fisk Jubilee Singers

 Barely six months after the end of the Civil War, and just two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, three men established the Fisk School in Nashville, Tennessee, named in honor of General Clinton B. Fisk of the Tennessee Freedmen's Bureau. Committed to educating the newly freed slaves, who ranged in age from seven to seventy, the first classes convened in 1866 in facilities situated in former Union army barracks near the present site of Nashville's Union Station. 

Barely six months after the end of the Civil War, and just two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, three men established the ... buildings include the Academic Building (Carnegie Hall), Carl Van Vechten Gallery, Harris House, Shane Hall, Fisk Memorial Chapel, andTalley-Brady Hall (1016 18th Avenue North).

Purpose of The Fisk Jubilee Singers Alumni

  1. Preserve the history of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, their members, events, and accomplishments.
  2. Introduce and educate the general public as to the historical significance and cultural influence of this group and its music.
  3. To identify and recruit potential music students for Fisk University.
  4. To support members in their professional efforts post Fisk, especially those involved in teaching and performing.
  5. To organize fund raising activities for the benefit of Fisk University.
  6. To formally recognize those individuals and organizations that made significant contributions to the advancement of culture and art in our global community.