Burleigh Festival Music Tennessee State University Nashville

Wide Ribber II...The Journey continues

In this new virtual model, the Burleigh Festival will present a session or event once a month starting from February (Black History Month) to June (Black Music Month). Events will be held via Facebook and YouTube live and Zoom. The National Museum of African American Music and the Burleigh Legacy Alliance will be presenting partners with additional support from the Buster-Elsie Productions, LLC., and more to be announced!

Register for March, April, and May Events here!

Individual Session: $15
All Three Sessions: $45
Virtual Session I
March 25, 7pm CST

Black Arts Organizations and Leadership
moderated by
Karen Slack, soprano, host of #KiKiKonversations

Dalanie Harris and Katie Brown, International Society of Black Musicians
Angel Adams, ASET Performing Arts Academy- Nashville, TN
Kevin Thomas and Marcellus Harper, Collage Dance Collective- Memphis, TN
Givonna Joseph and Aria Mason, OperaCréole- New Orleans, LA

Registration Required

Sponsored by Buster-Elsie Productions, LCC

Powered by the National Museum of African American Music

Virtual Session II
April 22, 7pm CST

The State of African American Worship and Arts Today
Moderated by
Dr. Alisha Lola Jones
Assistant Professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University and author of
Flaming: The Peculiar Theo-Politics of Fire and Desire in Black Male Gospel Performance

Dr. Deborah Smith Pollard
Professor of English Literature and Humanities at University of Michigan- Dearborn
Dr. Tammy Kernodle
Professor of Musicology at Miami University and President of the Society of American Music
Dr. James Abbington
Associate Professor of Church Music and Worship at Candler School of Theology, Emory University and Director of Music Ministries and Organist at Friendship Baptist Church- Atlanta, GA
Byron Harvey
Gospel Recording Artist, Worship Leader, Minister, and Administrator- Nashville, TN

Registration Required

Sponsored and Powered by the National Museum of African American Music


Virtual Session III
May 2020

Word Across Time: Poets and Poetry from Burleigh to Shakur and Beyond

The Tennessee State Department of Music and Big Blue Opera Initiatives in partnership with the Burleigh Legacy Alliance and the Erie Public Library present "Words Across Time: Poets and Poetry from Burleigh to Shakur and Beyond". Attendees of this session will analyze the text of writers from the Burleigh's time to the 21st century and participate in creative writing exercises with literary experts and practitioners.

Registration Required


Burleigh Festival Finale

Songs of Our Soul
A Celebration of African American Musical Achievement

Part I- June 24, 8pm CST
Part II- June 27, 4pm CST

The Nashville Opera- Big Blue Fellows
The W. Crimm Singers (aka Wakanda Chorale)
Young Artists from the 105 Voices of History National HBCU Choir

YouTube and Facebook Live

Donations welcome in support of the Burleigh Funds for Vocal Studies

For more information,

Patrick Dailey, MM
Founder and Director of the Big Blue Opera Initiatives
Adjunct Professor of Voice
Tennessee State University