Chorale festival features voices from HBCUs
BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS
In partnership with the Southeastern African American Chorale (SEAAC) Festival and the Mary McLeod Bethune Cultural Heritage Arts Festival, the Community Performance Series at Bethune-Cookman University presented its last performance of the season on Sunday at the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center in Daytona Beach.
The performance featured one of America’s leading composers – Dr. Adolphus Hailstork, in the performance of his work, “I Will Lift Mine Eyes.’’ Tenor soloist Gregory Broughton and B-CU Director of Choral Studies Damon Dandridge also performed.
The SEAAC meets once a year and is primarily made up of historically Black colleges and universities in the southeastern United States.
“These are students from Alabama State University, Allen University, the College of the Bahamas, Winston-Salem State University, Edward Waters College and the Jackson State University-string ensemble,” Dandridge explained.
“Our theme was ‘Let all your life be music,’” Dandridge added.
The schools came together to participate in the 21st annual SEACC festival. It was B-CU’s first time participating in the event as well as hosting.