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Choral Arts and Washington Performing Arts


Living the Dream…Singing the Dream

33rd Annual Choral Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday, February 19, 2021 | 8:00 pm ET
Virtual Concert Hall

The Choral Arts Society of Washington
Scott Tucker
, Artistic Director

Washington Performing Arts Men, Women, and Children of the Gospel
Michele Fowlin, Artistic Director
Theodore Thorpe III, Artistic Director
Stanley J. Thurston, Artistic Director Emeritus

Allison Seymour, co-host
Soloman Howard, co-host

Ralph Alan Herndon, piano and vocals

Denise Sloan and Jeffrey Bowden, Sign Language Interpreters

Murray Horwitz and Dr. Judi Moore Latta, Scriptwriters

Choral Arts Sponsors
For a list of Washington Performing Arts’ sponsors for this event, visit the Washington Performing Arts website.


Thy Name be Praised

Music and lyrics: James Glover

Combined Choir
Michele Fowlin, Conductor

Text & Translation

We’ve come to give Him the glory and all of the honor
We’ve come to give Him the glory and all of the praise

Oh give thanks unto the Lord
Thy name be praised

Oh Lord, how excellent is thy name
Thy name in all the Earth
When I think of the goodness of Jesus
And all He’s done for me

Thy name be praised

Ave Maria

Music: R. Nathaniel Dett

Choral Arts Symphonic Chorus
Scott Tucker, Conductor
Daniel Perkes, Soloist
Illustrations by DTUCKS

Text & Translation

Ave Maria
Gratia plena
Maria, gratia plena
Maria, gratia plena
Ave, ave dominus
Dominus tecum
Benedicta tu in mulieribus
Et benedictus
Et benedictus fructus ventris
Ventris tuae, Jesus.
Ave Maria
Ave Maria
Mater Dei
Ora pro nobis peccatoribus
Ora pro nobis
Ora, ora pro nobis peccatoribus
Nunc et in hora mortis
Et in hora mortis nostrae
Et in hora mortis nostrae
Et in hora mortis nostrae
Ave Maria

English Translation
Hail Mary, full of grace,
Mary, full of grace,
Mary, full of grace,
Hail, Hail, the Lord.
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women, and blessed,
Blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
Thy womb, Jesus.
Hail Mary!
Hail Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners,
Pray, pray for us;
Pray, pray for us sinners,
Now and at the hour of our death,
The hour of our death
The hour of our death,
The hour of our death
Hail Mary.

God Said It, I Believe It

Music and lyrics: Willie DeVone

Men and Women of the Gospel Choir
Theodore Thorpe III, Conductor
Tiffany Watson, Soloist

Text & Translation

The Lord is everything to me, yeah,
He said He would my comfort be.
God said He would be right there,
I know He is everywhere.

God said it. I believe it.
God said it. I believe it.
I’m going to take Him at His word.

I am standing on the promises of Jesus,
I know He’ll never let me down;
God said He would be right there,
I’m so glad He’s everywhere.

God said it. I believe it.
God said it. I believe it.
I’m going to take Him at His word.

Fight On

Music and lyrics: Kevin Davidson and Marque Walker

Children of the Gospel Choir
Michele Fowlin, Conductor
Hope Harden, Soloist


In this walk you face many battles
But they’re not yours
They belong to the Lord
Put on the armor of God
Delight yourself in His Word

Don’t give up the fight
It’s too late to give up now
Don’t give up the fight

So be encouraged my brother
Hold on my sister
There’s a way of escape for you and for me
Be strong, stand on His word
God has promised to fight every one of your battles

Don’t give up the fight
It’s too late to give up now
Don’t give up the fight

The war was won by Jesus on a hill called Calvary
Where he gave His life for you and me
Dry your eyes, don’t you cry
Everything’s gonna be alright
Now weeping may endure for a night
But hold on, joy is coming in the morning time

Fight on!

Humanitarian Award

Glory (from Selma)

Music and lyrics: John Stephens, Lonnie Lynn, and Che Smith
Arr. Eugene Rogers

Men’s Chorus
Featuring members of Alfred Street Baptist Church Choir, Washington Performing Arts Men of the Gospel Choir, and local DMV choirs.
Theodore Thorpe III, Conductor
Konshens The MC, Hip Hop Artist

Text & Translation

One day when the glory comes
It will be ours, it will be ours
Oh one day when the war is won
We will be sure, we will be sure
Oh glory

Hands to the Heavens, no man, no weapon
Formed against, yes glory is destined
Every-day women and men become legends
Sins that go against our skin become blessings
The movement is a rhythm to us
Freedom is like religion to us
Justice is juxtapositionin’ us
Justice for all just ain’t specific enough
One son died, his spirit is revisitin’ us
Truant livin’ livin’ in us, resistance is us
That’s why Rosa sat on the bus
That’s why we walk through Ferguson with our hands up
When it go down we woman and man up
They say, “Stay down,” and we stand up
Shots, we on the ground, the camera panned up
King pointed to the mountain top and we ran up

One day when the glory comes
It will be ours, it will be ours
Oh one day when the war is won
We will be sure, we will be sure
Oh glory

Now the war is not over, victory isn’t won
And we’ll fight on to the finish, then when it’s all done
We’ll cry glory, oh glory

Selma’s now for every man, woman and child
Even Jesus got his crown in front of a crowd
They marched with the torch, we gon’ run with it now
Never look back, we done gone hundreds of miles
From dark roads he rose, to become a hero
Facin’ the league of justice, his power was the people
Enemy is lethal, a king became regal
Saw the face of Jim Crow under a bald eagle
The biggest weapon is to stay peaceful
We sing, our music is the cuts that we bleed through
Somewhere in the dream we had an epiphany
Now we right the wrongs in history
No one can win the war individually
It takes the wisdom of the elders and young people’s energy
Welcome to the story we call victory
The comin’ of the Lord, my eyes have seen the glory

One day when the glory comes
It will be ours, it will be ours
Oh one day when the war is won
We will be sure, we will be sure
Oh glory

When the war is won, when it’s all said and done
We’ll cry glory
Oh glory

A Friend Unfailing

Music and lyrics: Danny McCrimmon
Arr. Phillip Carter

Combined Choir
Michele Fowlin, Conductor
Ralph Alan Herndon, Soloist


Christ alone will guide us
When the storms betide us
He alone is every day the same
None but He can keep us
When the billows, they sweep us
For He’s a friend unfailing
I’m gonna bless His name

All the way to Heaven
Please let our best be given
Ever let His glory,
Let it be our aim
Yonder He will meet us
And it’s with a smile Jesus will greet us
For He’s a friend unfailing
I’m gonna bless His name

He’s a friend unfailing
Bless His name!
He alone to save us
Freely came
When the storms betide us
He will keep and guide us
He’s a friend unfailing
Bless His name!

If I Can Help Somebody

Music and lyrics: Alma Bazel Androzzo
Arr. Stanley J. Thurston

Combined Choir
Stanley J. Thurston, Conductor


If I can help somebody as I pass along,
If I can cheer somebody with a word or song,
If I can show somebody he is trav’ling wrong,
Then my living shall not be in vain.

If I can do my duty as a good one ought,
If I can bring back beauty to a world upwrought,
If I can spread love’s message that the Master taught,
Then my living shall not be in vain.

Then my living shall not be in vain,
Then my living shall not be in vain;
If I can help somebody as I pass along,
Then my living shall not be in vain.

Humanitarian Award Recipients

The Choral Arts Humanitarian Award was established in 2004 to honor individuals who embody the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of nonviolent struggle for civil rights. These individuals unite and inspire all to fulfill Dr. King’s legacy of justice, peace, and equality for future generations.

2004—Dr. Dorothy Height
2005—Congressman John Lewis
2006—Marian Wright Edelman
2007—Harris Wofford
2008—Julian Bond
2009—John Doar
2010—Charlayne Hunter-Gault
2011—Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon
2012—Norman Scribner
2013—Nelson Mandela
2014—Dr. Ysaÿe M. Barnwell
2015—Dr. C.T. Vivian
2016—Bryan Stevenson
2017—Ruby Bridges
2018—Lonnie G. Bunch III
2019—Rev. Dr. Elbert Ransom, Jr.
2020—Sherrilyn Ifill

Choral Arts Symphonic Chorus

Scott Tucker, Conductor
Brandon Straub, Associate Conductor and Pianist

Lynda Adamson
Julie Ciamporcero Avetta
Brooke Bartolome
Kaylee Boalt
Ashley B. Boam
Susan G. Boggs
Laura Bradford
Janice O. Childress
Marie Colturi
Alison Cooper
Abigail Corbett
Shannon Corey
Dana Crepeau
Gloria DeCoste
Kathryn Fernandez
Julie Gilmore
Amity Hall
Karen Hopper
Marie Hyder
Jennifer Leach
Heather MacDonald
Rebecca Mullen
Katherine S. Myer
Jenny Nordstrom
Alexandra Normile
Julia Preseau
Diane Shapiro Richer
Erika Rissi
Sally Robinson
Elizabeth Romig
Bethann Siegel
Lisa Sommers
Carolyn Sowinski
Katie Spitzel
Lisa Stechschulte Lowe
Joyce Stephansky
Margaret A. Stromecki
Amanda Thorne
Alison Valtin
Nadine Wethington
Bonnie Williams
Carolyn Wise
Julie Wommack

Petia Antova
Barbara Barry
Marty Brown
Patricia A Byram
Michelle Cho
Jan Clayberg
Karen Coda
Katherine Degreef
Karen Doyne
Cynthia Dunbar
Karen Florini
Barbara Gardner
Coleen Gatehouse
Ariel Gold
Kate Goodrich
Cindy Jensen
Anne B. Keiser
Joyce Korvick
Lucy Newton
My-Van Nguyen
Margaret Nice
Rebecca Nielsen
Sarah Penniston-Dorland
Ellen Platts
Laura S. Pruitt
Joan Reinthaler
Diedre Robinson
Cindy Speas
Candida Steel
Kandie Stroud
Alex Swartsel*
Lizabeth Tankersley
Christa Teemer
Michelle Tiller
Emily Townsend
Nancy Witherell
Virginia Yates

Jeff Ashford
Leroy R. Barnes
Jonathan Blocksom
Colin Brown
John Clewett
Jeff Dauler
Neil R. Ericsson
David Flaxman
Daniel Forbes
Matthew Goldberg
Jerry Haggin
Eric Holmes
Edward Hoover
Glen Howard
Tony Lee
Michael McKeon
Paul Nooney, Jr
Byron V. Peters
Robert Porter
David Robinson
Roberto Sada
Dileep Srihari
Robert Stansbery
Rob Vogel

Charles Cerf
Michael Cook
David Freeman
George Krumbhaar
Douglas M. Lapp
Todd Leeuwenburgh
Michael Lincoln**
Clarke Maylone
Douglas McAllister
Daniel Perkes
Nathan Perriello
Dennis Reece
William Theuer
Art Tiller
Jim Weinstein
Christopher Wilde
Ray Williams

*Chorus President
**Chorus Vice President

Washington Performing Arts Men and Women of the Gospel Choir

Theodore Thorpe III, Artistic Director

Janice Alexander
Austina Barren
Cara-Lynn Birts
Allean Brown
Denise Bryant
Andrea Calloway
Julia Caul
Phyllis Curenton
Felicia Edwards
Juanita Pat Finney
Rose Fisher
Andrea Futrell
Erin Gantt
Margo Hall*
Cierra Jennings
Arlene King-Berry
Saramae Krietlow
Alana Mallory
Sharyta Masah El
Mildred McCullough
Michele Morris
Gwen Muse-Evans
Shelia Parker
Lynda Prioleau
Cara Rhone
Iris Richard
Jacqueline Richardson
Kevia Richardson
Lisa Rowe
Tiffany Watson
India Williams
Shirley York

Stephone Allen
Bobette Banks
Mildred Benson
Tania Brunson
Laurenda Carter
Donna Cawley
Phyllis Chesley*
Sandra Collins
Cynthia Douglas
Deborah Easter
Tempora Fisher
Channita Fraser
Lorna Gilkey
Karen Hall
Phyllis Harris*
Tumara Jordan
Risa Kornegay
Claudia Levy
Teisha McKie
Phyllis Miller
LaVerne Minter
Lois Mockabee
Sheryl Newman
Gail Patterson Shipp
Juanita Rollins
Jamie Ward Black
Jacqueline White
Vickie Wilkerson
Pia Winston
Leavia Wright

RJ Benn
Kevin Bouknight*
A. Don Cowan
Gloria Duarte
MeLinda Gooch
David Grandy
Chris Hollinsed
Glen Howard
Godfrey Maynor
Milton Pippens*
Rebecca Powell
Angelia Richardson
Barbara Rogers
Brandon Wright

Akeem Adams
Jerome Austin
Orlanzo Chappell
Donovan Gulley
Chuck Kemp
David North
Daniel Scott
Albert B. Spencer Jr.*
Daniel Veiga
Aaron Watson
Darrell Whitfield*

* Section Leaders

Washington Performing Arts Men of the Gospel Choir

Theodore Thorpe III, Artistic Director

James Aldridge
Kevin Bouknight
Robert Brown
David Buck
James Bradford
Marvin Carr
Feilipe Cioni
Antonio Covington
Devon Davis
Craig Brown Dickens
Anthony Dillard
Nathan Drew
Christopher Fowlkes
Chris Hollinsed
Jonathan Johnson
Sam Johnson
Jay Lee
Christopher Matthews
Godfrey Maynor
George Mensa
Devin Mercer
Gabriel Morales
Charwin Nah
Sylvester Owens
Milton Pippens
David Powell
Calvin Ruffin
Louis Spencer
Sean Tillery*
Jeremy Winston
Brandon Wright

Andre Benjamin
RJ Benn
Darnel C. Brandon
Willie Carter
A. Don Cowan
Rahshaan Engrum
Roderick Giles
Gerard Grigsby
Glen Howard
Kennard Jackson
Lawrence Jordan III
Daryl Joyner
Reginald Lewis
Dr. Lloyd Mallory
Timothy McFadden
Alliant Ndeze
John Obie
Anwar Ottley
Darrell Patterson
Theodore Potts
Tevin Price
Rashad Roberts
Sean Roberts
Vernon Rogers
Andre Salva
Sherwin Simpson
Larry Vaughn*
Stadford Whitlow

Cliff Isaac Achpkah
Jerome Austin
Melvin Bryant, Jr.
Chester Burke*
Orlanzo Chappell
Jaedyn Christopher
Shannon Cloman
Edryn J. Coleman
Stanley Cornelius
James Craigen
Trent Davis
Emmanuel Fortin
Matthew Jackson
Xavier Jones
Desmond Pierre Louis
Robert Mathews
Marco K. Merrick
David K. North
Felipe Paccagnella
Greg Roland
Phillip Ross
Daniel Scott
Ronnie Woodfork

Kevin Allen
Jay Butler
Aaron Chambers
Jean-Paul Corrales Chica
Brian Epps Sr.
Mark Francis
Donovan Gulley
Joshua Heath-Orr
Dominique Jackson
Garrett Jackson
Angelo Johnson*
George B. Jones
Chuck Kemp
Michael Reid
Deion Roulhac
Theodore Sapp
Korcoran Smith
Albert B. Spencer Jr.
Daniel Veiga
Aaron Watson
Darrell Whitfield
Darrin Williams
Jim Williams

* Chorus Master

Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir

Michele Fowlin, Artistic Director

Arielle Asare
Khalida Betancourt
Sydney Broady
Katelyn Brown
Kylee Brown
Layla Bunch
Xitlalli Dawson
Madison Fields
Sharli Fleming
McKayla Guthrie
Hope Harden
Lena Hicks
Jordan Holt*
Madison Johnson
Samaria Johnson
Tamia Johnson
Aniya Jones*
Phillip Marshall
Elisa Quesada Sayler
Kalyani Srivastava
Liis Viira

Alayna Brown
Aniyah Butterworth
Karen Coles
Ryleigh Francis
Nia Frazier*
Aniya Jean-Julien
Jasmine Lawson
Madison Littlejohn
Cai Malone*
Kai Marshall-Villanueva
Claude Noutak
Oni Ransom
Zaji Ransom
Ambria Reese
Consuela Watts
Raven Williams
Taylor Williams Odom

Zaybian Brown
Terrell Crosland
Christian Inman*
D’Anthony Jamison
Cameron King
Dillan Madison
Gabriel Pearson
Walter Pierce Pearson IV*
Donovan Rivera-Ware
Jordan Thomas
Cris Whitney
Ayden Williams
Russell Williams IV

* Section Leaders

The Band

Anthony “Tony” Walker, Music Director/Keyboard
Ralph Alan Herndon, Piano/Vocals
Mark Francis, Keyboard
Daryl Hunt, Keyboard
Rick Massey, Keyboard
Alvin White, Electric Guitar
Hamilton Hayes, Bass Guitar
Carroll Dashiell III, Percussion
Tim Steele, Percussion

Lexy B. Kessler, Chair
Craig Miller, Vice Chair
Barbara Rossotti, Secretary
Anne B. Keiser, Treasurer
Nadine Wethington, Immediate Past Chair
Laura S. Pruitt, Of Counsel / Advisor to Committees

Julie Ciamporcero Avetta
Suzanne S. Brock
Charles Cerf
Tad Czyzewski, Executive Director *
David Flaxman
Karen Florini
Matthew Garber
Sue Goodhart
Elke Gordon
Edward Hoover
Craig Miller
Emily Riffle
Diane Schaefer
Nicholas Smith
Liz Tankersley
Scott Tucker, Artistic Director*
Alex Swartsel, Chorus President*
Ashley Wilson

*ex officio

John Adams
Dr. Ysaye Maria Barnwell
Mrs. W. Tapley Bennett, Jr.
James Conlon
John Corigliano
Christoph Eschenbach
Denyce Graves
Marta Casals Istomin
Bobby McFerrin
Leontyne Price
Samuel Ramey
Helmuth Rilling
Leonard Slatkin
John Williams

Scott Tucker, Artistic Director
Tad Czyzewski, Executive Director
April Angilletta, Associate Director of Communications
Joe Aubry, Artistic and Production Associate
Caryn Fraim, Deputy Director
Caitlin Gompf, External Communications Coordinator
Whitney McColley, Artistic Manager
Brandon Straub, Associate Conductor and Pianist

Special Thanks To

Richard and Catharine Snowdon
Robert L. Vogel and Bonnie H. Malkin