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Since 1975, the African American Choral Ensemble is famous for providing uplifiting and inspiring performances of choral music composed by, for, and about African Americans. And, if you talk to our alumni and current students, they will tell you the Choral Ensemble provides much more—a sense of belonging, the support needed to be successful in college, and an unparalleled learning experience in African American history and performance.

Thanks to donors like you, the Choral Ensemble has shared the richness of African American choral music with diverse audiences throughout Indiana, the Midwest, and even globally during a tour through Germany in 2016.

Given that the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented the Choral Ensemble from performing live, students are now engaging in recording projects. This has presented a new opportunity for students to learn about music production and share their talents with a wide audience through recordings. We ask for your support by making a gift to the African American Choral Ensemble.

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What I love most about the Choral Ensemble is the family aspect. You get to share emotions with complete strangers who then become lifelong friends. It has kept my love for music alive. Teamwork like this keeps me motivated and hopeful.

Nicole Bovard, Choral Ensemble student for 5 semesters, IU Junior studying Recreational Therapy

Save the date: IU Soul Revue 50th Anniversary Weekend will be April 22–23, 2022!

The IU Soul Revue was the world’s first, and remains the only collegiate ensemble focused on the study and performance of Black popular music for academic credit. Founded in 1971, the “Revue” was created not only to promote and preserve this important element of our culture, but also to help establish IU as a place where students of all races and backgrounds have the opportunity to learn, explore their talents and interests, and feel like they belong.

50 years later, the Revue now has an established reputation for its uniqueness, its performance excellence, and its impact on the lives of its students and community.

The 50th anniversary celebration will bring together current students, alumni, and decades of fans to celebrate this important milestone. A slate of live and virtual activities and events are scheduled from August 2021 through June 2022, with alumni reunion events scheduled in Indianapolis and Bloomington. We ask you to be part of this historic celebration by making a gift to the IU Soul Revue.

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I want to stress the importance of the Soul Revue and the entire AAAI. It is needed! When I was at IU, Black students made up less than 3% of the student body. It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle, and some of us did. The AAAI gave us an identity, a family. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have made it through college without them. I hope and pray that these groups remain a part of this great university forever.  

Mike Burton, IU Soul Revue alum, saxophonist for Patti LaBelle, Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, and other renowned artists