The School of Theology will inaugurate Black History Month by hosting a performance by The American Spiritual Ensemble on Feb. 1, 2022, in All Saints’ Chapel at 7 p.m. The Sewanee community is invited to attend free of charge. Note: Masks are required. 

The American Spiritual Ensemble was founded by Everett McCorvey in 1995. The mission of the American Spiritual Ensemble is to keep the American Negro Spiritual alive. Its members have sung in theaters and opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall in the United States and in Italy, Germany, Britain, Scotland, Spain, China, and Japan. The repertoire of the American Spiritual Ensemble ranges from opera to spirituals to Broadway. The members of the American Spiritual Ensemble are soloists in their own right and have thrilled audiences around the world with their dynamic renditions of classic spirituals, jazz, and Broadway numbers highlighting the Black experience.

Everett McCorvey is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. He received his degrees from the University of Alabama, including a doctorate of musical arts. As a tenor soloist, McCorvey has performed in major centers around the world including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, Radio City Music Hall in New York, and in England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, China, Hungary, Poland and the Czech and Slovak Republics. He joined the Tony Award winning Sherwin Goldman Production of Porgy and Bess at Radio City Music Hall in 1982, and was also part of the Metropolitan Opera’s Debut Production of Porgy and Bess in 1985.