The Life and Spirituals of
Hall Johnson

Session Description

March 18, 2:00-3:30pm: The Life and Spirituals of Hall Johnson


Hall Johnson was a noted musician and composer whose illustrious career included Broadway, film and television work.  He is recognized as an important pioneer of the spiritual tradition, and his legacy is the continued popularity of his choral and vocal works.   To honor his historic contributions, the National Association of Teachers of Singing and Prof. Eugene Simpson launched the first national Hall Johnson Competition last year.  This session is designed to assist teachers and students who are interested in a pedagogical study of these songs in preparation for the next competition to be held in 2017-18.  Our session will be a mixture of lecture on the life and times of Hall Johnson, a working session on singing Hall Johnson spirituals, and a demonstration of these songs.