Fisk Jubilee Singers®
2012 - 2013

Soprano

Joi-Anissa Taylor

Brianna Barbour

Kierra Pryor

Sarenina Bonner

Tenor

Lyante Savala

Torin Brown

Evan Acklin

Willie James Butler III

Alto

Crystal Brooks

Taylor Elom

Domine B. Ezechukwu

Christina Jackson

Bass

Charles Mitchell

Sakhary Prayer

Kylen C. Parker

Malik R. Mitchell


Alternates

Melody Beck

Victoria Sedwick

Andrea Jones

Efemena Emonefe

Lauren McClinton

Dwayne P. Mitchell

Denario Bowser


Paul T. Kwami D.M.A
Associate Professor
Musical Director and Curb/Beaman Chair for the
Fisk Jubilee Singers ®

Paul T. Kwami is Musical Director and
Curb-Beaman Chair of the Fisk Jubilee Singers

Dr. Paul T. Kwami is Musical Director and Curb-Beaman Chair of the Fisk Jubilee Singers

Dr. Kwami was born in Ghana, West Africa one of seven children. His father, a musician, taught him piano, violin, theory and conducting. He studied music at Ghana’s National Academy of Music and taught there until immigrating to the US in 1983 as a student at Fisk University. He promptly joined the Jubilee Singers.

After graduating from Fisk in 1985 he continued to study music at Western Michigan University. In 1994 he was solicited to serve as part-time director of the Jubilee Singers. Shortly therafter, Dr Kwami was promoted to full time faculty member in the music department and musical director of the Singers. He is the first African to direct the ensemble, and the first to hold the Curb-Beaman Chair position. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the American Conservatory of Music.

Dr. Kwami feels a deep connection between Negro spirituals and the music of his Motherland. “The music we sing today helps to bridge the gap between Africans and African-Americans,” he says. “When my students sing, I am reminded of my life in Ghana and feel close to my past.”

The music also touches his spirit. He believes in the sovereignty of God, who was a source of faith, hope and love for slaves and for the original Jubilee Singers. “My greatest desire is to fulfill my call,” he says.

He is a professor in the Fisk University music department.