African American Choral Ensemble

Dr. Raymond Wise, Director of the African American Choral Ensemble

Though COVID-19 has stopped us from meeting physically, it hasn’t stopped us from singing. From the African American perspective, singing is the tool through which people maintain their hope, joy, and belief in a better day. It’s important for us to push through and continue to make music.

Dr. Raymond Wise, African American Choral Ensemble Director

Support the African American Choral Ensemble 45-year legacy

This year marks the 45th Anniversary of the African American Choral Ensemble (AACE). In celebration of this milestone, AACE will record a CD of signature inspirational songs, titled “Inspire Me.” One of the songs we plan to record is “I’ve Got A Robe.” This song celebrates diversity, inclusion, and equity and has become one of the signature songs that AACE has performed over the past few years. We plan to make a virtual video of this song featuring former AACE members.

To all our AACE alumni, we would love for you to be a part of the video and recording project. If you are interested in joining us, click here to express your interest and to receive more information.

We need your help to produce this project. Your donations will support expenses related to recording, including studio time, audio engineering, and ensuring the safety of all students and participants. Thank you for valuing the arts and diversity.

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Watch Amen! Music of the Black Church Documentary

Explore the rich traditions, historical significance, and meaning of Black church music in a new concert film, Amen! Music of the Black Church. Recorded before a live audience at the Second Baptist Church in Bloomington, Indiana, Dr. Raymond Wise leads the African American Choral Ensemble in a performance of African traditional music to contemporary praise and worship music.

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