Burleigh Spring 2022
Harry T. Burleigh Spirituals Festival

Celebrating and Preserving the African American Soundscape

Saturday, March 19th

8:00am to 5:30pm- Workshops and Clinics 

Performing Arts Center, Tennessee State University


Clinicians, Lecturers, and Presenters:

Lori C. Hicks, DMA, soprano

Vocal Coach, Composer, Educator, and Administrator, Kentucky State University


Brandon Waddles, Ph.D.

Conductor, Composer, Music Director, and Professor, Wayne State University


Dr. Jean Snyder, Burleigh Biographer and Author, Harry T. Burleigh: From the Spiritual to the Harlem Renaissance


Dr. Louise Toppin, soprano

Director, Videmus Foundation and Records

and Professor, University of Michigan


Michelle Mckinney

Archivist, Griot, Singer, and Executive Director, Detroit Sound Conservancy


Sunday, March 20th

3:00pm- Pre-Concert Talk

4:00pm- Burleigh Festival Scholarship Concert 

Honoring Artistry Rooted in the Black Church and the 50th Anniversary of Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace Album

Westwood Baptist Church-University Center


Available to view on Facebook/YouTube Live


All proceeds benefit the H.T. Burleigh Fund for Vocal Studies at Tennessee State University


Registration Link: https://tnstateu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0PwwoGNYGh4mX0G 



Donation Link: https://epay.tnstate.edu/C20204_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=429&SINGLESTORE=true



For further inquiries,


Patrick Dailey, MM

Founder and Director of the Big Blue Opera Initiatives at Tennessee State University





Patrick Dailey