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This Month's Featured Stories  

Spirituals Project Joins DU

Spirituals ProjectIn July, the Spirituals Project became an official university program within the Lamont School of Music.

Previously an independent non-profit founded by DU faculty member Art Jones, the Spirituals Project's mission is the preservation and revitalization of the music and social justice teachings of the sacred songs called "spirituals," music created and first sung by enslaved African Americans.

Narrated choral performances by a multi-ethnic community spirituals choir as well as curriculum about the cultural, psychological and historical impact of African American music will become formal programs at the music school.

"I am very excited that the Spirituals Project ensemble will become a part of Lamont," said Nancy Cochran, director of the Lamont School of Music. "A priority at Lamont has been to expand our students' horizons by enhancing the global and culturally-rich curriculum for students and to provide similar resources and opportunities for the greater Denver community."

M. Roger Holland, II, was recently selected as director of the Spirituals Project and also joins the Lamont faculty. Holland is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York City where he received a master of divinity degree and served as Artist-in-Residence and director of the seminary Gospel Choir for more than 13 years.