Since 1974, the African American Arts Institute (AAAI) is the nation’s only credit-bearing university program dedicated to the performance and promotion of Black music and dance. The AAAI is made up of three performing ensembles offered as courses in IU’s Department of
African American and African Diaspora Studies.
Directed by Raymond Wise
The African American Choral Ensemble features a broad repertoire of African American choral music including spirituals, Gospel, and formally composed works.Learn about the Choral Ensemble
Directed by Stafford Berry
The African American Dance Company shares dance of the American and African diaspora including African styles, contemporary, jazz, and other cultural forms.Learn about the Dance Company
Directed by James Strong
Established in 1971, the IU Soul Revue performs post-World War II Black popular music, from timeless R&B, soul, and funk to hip hop and other contemporary music styles. The ensemble includes vocals, horns, and rhythm sections.Learn about the Soul Revue
Meet Sylvester Makobi, the IU Soul Revue Road Manager and Doctoral student in IU's Jacobs School of Music.
Meet Nicole Bovard, Junior student in the African American Choral Ensemble studying Recreational Therapy.
Meet Katie Dieter (M.A. ’09, Ph.D. ’17, African American and African Diaspora Studies, M.A. ’12, Gender Studies), the associate director of African and African American studies at Stanford University.