Singing Freedom Preview &
Panel Discussion

Sunday, January 08, 2023 - 3:00 pm
Historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, 6361 Lancaster Ave

Historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, 6361 Lancaster Ave

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This 90-minute event is free and open to the public.

About This Event

In anticipation of the Singing Freedom performances, PCMS presents a panel discussion at the Historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia's Overbrook neighborhood with the scholars and composers whose work will be featured, as well as a brief preview performance by soprano Karen Slack and pianist Jay Fluellen.


Tsitsi Ella Jaji – Author of text for Songs in Flight, to premiere on January 15
Ed Baptist – Co-founder, Freedom on the Move database
Mason Bynes – Composer of Three Dialogues, to premiere on January 16
Shawn Okpebholo – Composer of Songs in Flight, to premiere on January 15
Rollo Dilworth – Moderator, Chair of Music Education Department at Temple University, National Board Chair of Chorus America

The Panel

Tsitsi Jaji, author
Jaji is an associate professor of English at Duke University with expertise in African and African American literary and cultural studies, with special interests in music, poetry, and black feminisms. She previously taught at University of Pennsylvania and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities/Schomburg Center, Mellon Foundation, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies,… Read More
Edward Baptist, author
Edward Baptist is a professor of history at Cornell University, who specializes in the history of the 19th-century United States, and in particular on the history of the enslavement of African Americans in the South. He is writing a book about the experience of the slave trades and forced migrations that drove expansion, the systems of labor that emerged,… Read More
Mason Bynes
Mason Bynes, composer
Mason Bynes is a Boston based composer, vocalist, and multimedia artist who strives to bridge the gap between genre and sound in order to bring listeners together. Her passion and musical curiosity has sparked a variety of commissions with various ensembles and artists, including: The Westerlies and Festival of New Trumpet Music, the National Association of Teachers of Singing,… Read More
Shawn Okpebholo, composer
Shawn E. Okpebholo is a critically-acclaimed and award-winning composer whose music has been described as "devastatingly beautiful" and "fresh and new and fearless" (The Washington Post), “affecting” (The New York Times), “searing” (The Chicago Tribune), “staggering” (The New Yorker), “lyrical,… Read More