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© 2023 The Denyce Graves Foundation

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Our Federal tax ID is 86-2276658. 

The Denyce Graves Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. 

DECEMBER 13, 2023 5:30PM

 Community Day Event

 Holiday Concert Celebrating African-American Composers and Performers

Join lyric soprano Natanya Sheva-Washer, soprano Simone Brown, and pianist JoyAnne Amani at the Linden Park Apartments in Baltimore, Maryland for a free holiday concert Community Day experience.

APRIL 10, 9PM EST
APRIL 13, 11PM EST

WQXR: Young Artist Showcase

Young Artists Showcase is a WQXR weekly radio show that since 1978 has sought out and displayed the talents of young emerging artists. Featuring performances and interviews by DGF Shared Voices members. WQXR’s Young Artists Showcase is supported by The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation.

FEBRUARY 23, 2024 

 DGF celebrates 3rd anniversary & Shared Voices at The Metropolitan Opera 

The Denyce Graves Foundation celebrates its third anniversary with Shared Voices at The Metropolitan Opera. The Metropolitan Opera presents Behind the Curtains and a masterclass with Artistic Administrator, Michael Heaston.

DECEMBER 13, 2023 5:30PM

 Community Day Event

 Holiday Concert Celebrating African-American Composers and Performers

Join lyric soprano Natanya Sheva-Washer, soprano Simone Brown, and pianist JoyAnne Amani at the Linden Park Apartments in Baltimore, Maryland for a free holiday concert Community Day experience.

FEBRUARY 15-17, 2024

Opera Carolina: The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson & Exhibit

Based on a true story - Mary Cardwell Dawson took the world by storm, training hundreds of African American youth to sing, and founding the longest-running, all-Black opera company. Her dream to bring music to African American audiences came true—and it changed the future of opera. Exhibit and performances presented in partnership with The Denyce Graves Foundation.

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MORE EVENTS COMING SOON

Check back often to learn about new events for the Denyce Graves Foundation. Support our work with a donation! We are grateful for your generous gift.

EVENTS ARCHIVE

JANUARY 27, 2024 11:00AM

 Shared Voices Industry Day
with Ed Tetreault 

Ed Tetreault, Director of Recording Operations & Facilities at the Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute, presents a session entitled, "Recording the Voice: A Guide to Capturing Diversity." Assisting Ed in the Peabody recording studio will be SV cohort member, Valarie Miles. 

DECEMBER 13, 2023 5:30PM

 Community Day Event

 Holiday Concert Celebrating African-American Composers and Performers

Join lyric soprano Natanya Sheva-Washer, soprano Simone Brown, and pianist JoyAnne Amani at the Linden Park Apartments in Baltimore, Maryland for a free holiday concert Community Day experience.

JANUARY 25-27, 2024

DGF at SphinxConnect 2024

Dr. Liana Valente, our Shared Voices Coordinator, to present at SphinxConnect. The Sphinx Organization brings the largest and longest-standing convening dedicated to diversity and inclusion in classical music! With over 30 sessions designed to inspire and ignite action and spark collaboration.

JANUARY 20-21, 2024

Shared Voices: Immersive Weekend

Shared Voices cohort members at Peabody Institute to experience a weekend of acting training, coachings, and masterclasses. Masterclasses feature bass-baritone, Kevin Short and baritone, Eric Greene.

JANUARY 14, 2024 11:15AM

Martin Luther King Day Holy Eucharist at

Washington National Cathedral

Musical selections presented by the Foundation underscore civil rights struggles and triumphs, particularly the non-violent efforts led by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rev. Andrew Young. Works presented will feature composers Moses Hogan, Hall Johnson, Daniel Ragland, and Damien Sneed, sung by Soprano, Symone Harcum and Tenor, Andrew Turner. 

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BUILDING THE STAGE

JANUARY 18 - FEBRUARY 1

Hall of States,

Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC

THE PASSION OF MARY CARDWELL DAWSON

Featuring Denyce Graves

FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2023 AT 7:00 PM

SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2023 AT 2:00 PM & 5:00 PM

The Kennedy Center | TERRACE THEATRE
2700 F. Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20566

Our Hidden Voices program will launch in conjunction with The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson at The Kennedy Center with events open to the public January 21st and 22nd. Join us Saturday morning at the Kennedy Center where we be unveiling our very first Hidden Voices Exhibit about the life of Mary Cardwell Dawson. Saturday morning's event is free and perfect for the whole family. 

DECEMBER 13, 2023 5:30PM

 Community Day Event

 Holiday Concert Celebrating African-American Composers and Performers

Join lyric soprano Natanya Sheva-Washer, soprano Simone Brown, and pianist JoyAnne Amani at the Linden Park Apartments in Baltimore, Maryland for a free holiday concert Community Day experience.

JUNE 18, 2023
4:00PM EST

Community Event

Juneteenth Concert: Celebrating African American Composers & Performers

AT BABCOCK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
8240 LOCH RAVEN BLVD, TOWSON, MD 21286

Featuring Natanya Sheva Washer, Lyric Soprano, Kevin Webb, Tenor, and JoyAnne Amani, Piano

NOVEMBER 4, 2023 11:00AM

 Shared Voices Industry Day with Simone Brown and Symone Harcum: Leveraging Your Social Media Presence

Cohorts will join Simone Brown, DGF Social Media Director, and Symone Harcum, DGF Executive Administrator, as they discuss the many ways to use social media to enhance their career opportunities.They will learn strategies for creating media blasts and timelines, recording and editing short videos, and creating an exciting presence online to increase their visibility.

OCTOBER 14, 2023

Shared Voices Industry Day with Contralto Gwendolyn Brown

The Ability To Step In (And Bring Down The House) and Other Necessary Vocal Career Things To Consider That You May Have Not Paid Attention To - a Shared Voices Industry Day presentation with Contralto Gwendolyn Brown.

OCTOBER 7, 2023 11:00AM

 Shared Voices Industry Day
with Louise Toppin: Is Black Song for all of us? Music of the African Diaspora

This presentation will examine the journey of Louise Toppin from classical singer to researcher of music of the African Diaspora. Through presentation and conversation, Toppin will explore the use of Black Song in classroom and studio presentations, and discuss available resources to assist researchers and performers in their work.

SEPTEMBER 29, 2023

 Convergence:
Exploring the Effects of Mutual Inspiration on Artist and Industry

This concert & talkback event presented as part of Shared Voices Symposium 2023: In the Driver's Seat. 
Join us in Griswold Hall at Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute in Baltimore for a special concert and talkback event! With Symone Harcum, soprano, Andrew Turner, tenor, and José Meléndez, pianist, featuring the works of Mozart, Verdi, Jasmine Barnes, Will Liverman, John Carter, Hall Johnson and many more.

SEPTEMBER 29–OCTOBER 1, 2023

Announcing Shared Voices Symposium 2023: In the Driver's Seat
Hosted by Johns Hopkins University's Peabody Institute

To launch the second year of its flagship initiative, Shared Voices, the Denyce Graves Foundation will offer a Classical Vocal Arts Symposium to participants in their second program year. This immersive experience offers an intensive, one-of-a kind opportunity for classical vocal arts and industry engagement, to give aspiring classical singers the knowledge and tools to become successful. 

MAY 18, 2023
11:00A.M.–4:00PM EST

Hidden No More: Outstanding Classical Vocal Artists You Need To Know at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History & Culture, Heritage Hall

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Part of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of
African American History and Culture Community Day

Join us throughout this Community Day for a series of performances from our Shared Voices student cohort members, and learn about the ongoing
impact classical vocal artists throughout history still have on the talented voices of tomorrow.

FEBRUARY 23, 2023 ALL DAY

The Denyce Graves Foundation celebrates its 2nd Anniversary

FEBRUARY 23, 2023 8:00A.M. EST
The Denyce Graves Foundation appears on Good Morning America

Help us celebrate our 2nd Birthday by watching Robin Roberts interview Denyce Graves, Thursday morning on Good Morning America at 8:00AM EST. They will discuss the foundation and our HBCU/ Conservatory initiative Shared Voices. Featuring Shared Voices student cohorts Sophia Baete, Darius Jackson, Kevin Webb, and Hannah Jones. Kevin Webb sings live with Robin Roberts. We hope you tune in!

MARCH 23, 2023

Shared Voices Master class with Melissa Wegner of the Metropolitan Opera, hosted by The Denyce Graves Foundation in collaboration with the Metropolitan Opera, hosted by Morgan State University

In person at the Murphy Fine Arts Center in Baltimore, MD

MARCH 18, 2023 11:00AM

Shared Voices Industry Day: Financial Planning 101 with Glen Esteban

Glen Esteban, financial advisor for 25 years, offers instruction in financial planning to our Shared Voices student cohorts in this second session of a 3-part virtual series.

EVENTS

MARCH 28, 2023 11:00AM

Shared Voices Industry Day: Legit vs. Belt with Craig Wich, Pt. 2

In this virtual event for our Shared Voices student cohorts, Craig Wich of Craig Wich Studios discusses the three most dangerous words in the musical theater lexicon: Legit, Mix, and Belt.

MAY 23, 2023 6:00PM

The 2023 Denyce Graves Award Gala Honoring Lawrence Brownlee

Save the date for the 2023 Denyce Graves Award Gala, taking place at the Planet Word Museum in Washington D. C. honoring Lawrence Brownlee, leading international operatic tenor and voice for activism and diversity. Tickets and more information available soon.

NOVEMBER 17,18 & 19 2023

Excerpts from the Operas of Chevalier de Saint-Georges and Mozart : 4 Performances presented by Opera@Morgan

The Brilliance of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Scenes from L'amant anomyme (Anonymous Lover): Chevalier de Saint-Georges and Scenes from the operas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 4 Performances at the Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center in Baltimore, MD – Visit the Morgan State website (link below) to purchase tickets.

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