History. Pedagogy. Social Justice. 

Choirs and educators internationally are being transformed by Lonnie's masterclasses. His depth of historical knowledge, teaching resources, and his passion and advocacy for the equity and inclusivity of authentic Africana music in choral performance and education are breaking down barriers.  

IN-PERSON and ONLINE LEARNING OPTIONS
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Request Lonnie for a choral masterclass today!

Past hosts include:
Harvard University - Harvard Collegium
Temple University - Temple University Singers
Indiana University - Choral Methods Graduates
Augsburg University/Global Harmony (Minneapolis, MN) 
Davis & Elkins College (Elkins, WV) - Augusta Heritage Center
DePaul University - Concert Singers
University of Chicago Chorus
Mendelssohn Choir - Pittsburgh, PA
Philomusica Chorale - Philadelphia, PA
Evanston Township High School - Evanston, IL
Eisenhower High School, Blue Island, IL
Alan B. Shephard High School, Palos Heights, IL
Vancouver Youth Choir, British Columbia, Canada
City Soul Choir, British Columbia, Canada
Island Soul Choir, British Columbia, Canada
Illinois-ACDA 
Wisconsin-ACDA
Michigan-ACDA
Rhode Island-ACDA
Sounds Good! Choir-Southwest Michigan

 

2022 Engagements

(VIRTUAL and IN PERSON) 

  • College Music Society - Cultural Inclusion Workshop with Mollie Stone (January 9th, Virtual)

  • NCCO Conference (January 21st, NOW VIRTUAL)

  • City Soul Choir (Vancouver, BC) - Gospel Arrangements of Spiritual (January 15th, VIRTUAL)

  • Roosevelt University Conservatory Choir - Early Music of Enslaved Africans in America (January 25th, 28th, & 31st)

  • Elmhurst University Choir (Elmhusrt, IL) - Visiting Artist (February 4th - April 8th)

  • First Congregational Church of Berlin (Vermont) - Black Spirituals and its Impact on Congregational Singing (February, Date TBA)

  • Chicago Children's Choir - Annual Black History Celebration: Remembering, Reclaiming, and Reconnecting (Live Stream February 26th)

  • District 214 Honor Choir (Illinois) Concert - Guest Conductor (March 1st)

  • Roosevelt University Conservatory Choir - (March 3rd & 24th)

  • Elk Grove High School Choirs - Zoom Coaching Session (March 4th)

  • Coastline College  - Zoom Guest Lecture  (March 29th)

  • DePaul University - Africana Music Workshop/Performance (May 14th)

  • Tour to Puerto Rico with Chicago Children's Choir (May 19th - May 22nd)

  • SongRoots Music Camp (Vancouver, July 5-10)

  • Freedom Songbook Society Workshop (FREE) - Presented by Old Town School of Folk Music/Music Moves Chicago (July 12th)

  • Harvard University Summer Choral Camp (Cambridge, July 19th -21st)

  • Freedom Songbook Society Workshop (FREE) - Presented by Old Town School of Folk Music/Music Moves Chicago (July 12th)

  • Tour to South Africa with Village Harmony (July 30th -August 17th)

  • Elk Grove High School Choir (October 6th, 13th)

  • Chicago World Music Chorus - Co-Conductor (October 7, November 13th, December 11th)

  • IL-MEA District 1 Choral Conference - Guest Clinician (November 19th)

  • Christmas at Bryn Mawr - Bryn Mawr Community Church (Chicago) free concert (December 18th, 3PM)

  • Kwanzaa Heritage Celebration (Chicago) - Performance (December 27th)

Prices will vary depending on size, special requests, and location. Specialty offerings include:

INTERACTIVE LECTURES

"The Early Songs of Enslaved Africans in America" IN-PERSON/ONLINE- A seminar that examines rich West/West Central African musical origins that gave momentum to the folk spiritual, field hollers, work songs, children’s songs, and ring shouts created by Africans in America - One 1-hour 30-minute lecture w/ Q&A

 

"The Gospel Essentials" IN-PERSON/ONLINE- A seminar that examines the origins of gospel music, its most quintessential practices for singers, and gospel's significant role in the struggle for racial equity and social justice. Song instruction included - One 1-hour 45-minute session

 

"Das Jus' How We Talk: The Spoken Soul Vernacular of Black American Music" IN- PERSON/ONLINE- Vernacular, dialect, pidgin, creole - music and its performers can't escape the vastness of slanted lexicons in the world, but western music contextualization, a symptom of a greater systemic issue, has contributed to the muzzling of authentic Black voices in BLACK CHORAL MUSIC. Let's learn and liberate through song and conversation!  - One 1-hour and 45-minute session of lecture, singing, and Q&A

 

APPLIED LEARNING

"We All Need Somebody to Lean On (Song Coaching)" IN-PERSON/ONLINE - Looking for cultural expert support for traditional Africana repertoire? Guest clinician appointments are available!  1-hour Session | 1-hour and 30-minute session

 

“Do Da Right Thang” IN-PERSON/ONLINE – It’s all about the right approach! Prepare vocally and physically with unique warm-ups that target style and demeanor of Black music. 1-hour Session

 

“Africana World Music Imperative” IN-PERSON/ONLINE– Historical survey through the Africana Governance Structure of rare traditional folk and choral music coming from various regions of Africa and throughout the African diaspora. (Time varies)

 

“Social Justice Gospel Choir” IN PERSON/ONLINE – Study the rhythms and roots of anti-colonialism protest music from African American and Africana movements around the world. (Time varies)

Have other requests not listed above? Please share by filling out the request form below!

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