Songs of Solomon: An Inspirational Ensemble, founded in 2001 by veteran conductor Chantel Renee Wright, performs traditional inspirational music in an environment supportive of young people of diverse backgrounds. Through weekly rehearsals, workshops and performances, participants learn and perform a varied repertoire including gospel, spirituals, anthems and classical and choral music. Singers work on theory, sight-singing, ensemble building and artistic expression. Finally, they get the opportunity to perform professionally, build leadership skills and undertake community service. The ensemble frequently partners with other musical youth organizations and has performed with notable artists such as Ashford and Simpson, Elton John, and American Idol winners Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia Barrino and Ruben Studdard.
Songs of Solomon Academy for the Arts provides
instruction in instrumental and vocal music to secondary students who attend
the Professional Performing Arts School (328 West 48th Street). The program
is designed to accommodate New York City public school arts standards, as
elaborated in the Curriculum Blueprint. Students attend rehearsals, music
theory and private coaching sessions.
Workshops for middle school students
in preparation for the citywide high school auditions are also offered. These
are designed to prepare students to execute a successful audition in vocal
music, musical theater and drama. Students are coached in repertoire
selection, stage deportment and drilled in rhythm exercises, sight-singing
Summer Boot Camp for seconday students is designed to teach the
basic elements of sight-singing, rhythm and scales. The course runs from July
6-15, 9 am to 1 pm, at the Professional Performings Arts School.