36th Season

She Don't Stop

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Concert Illustration by Ricci Michaels

MUSE presented this New Spirituals-style concert in November 2018 that offered a musical narrative traced from the Post-Reconstruction Era to modern-day, with special emphasis on the woman's voice and musical contributions surrounding Civil Rights issues in America. MUSE welcomed collaborator, Dr. Tammy Kernodle of Miami University, who wove the rich history of the relationship between music and the African American experience around MUSE’s performance.


Held at Memorial Hall, MUSE performed new commissions and arrangements by African American women composers such as Jacqueline Hairston, Lori Hicks, and Maria Thompson-Corley; songs like Nina Simone's daring protest song “Mississippi Goddam”, Ysaye Barnwell's “Go Down Moses”, and “Strange  Fruit”, made famous by Billie Holiday. MUSE also welcomed Siri Imani of TRIIIBE back to the stage.


Dr. Tammy Kernodle

A Brief History of the New Spirituals Project 


Beginning in 1994 under the leadership of Dr. Catherine Roma, MUSE partnered with Linda Tillery on the New Spirituals project, commissioning women of color to compose original works and arrangements in the African American tradition. Over the next 16 years, MUSE produced a total of thirteen New Spirituals concerts, forming a long journey that has served to educate and enrich choir members as well as our audience.


To learn more about The New Spiritual Project and MUSE's involvement in it, please watch two videos narrated by MUSE Founding Mother, Diana Porter.

The New Spirituals - Part I

The New Spirituals - Part II

Future Themes
Spring 2019 - MUSE presents We Don't Stop, Saturday, May 18 at 2pm & 7pm at House of Joy, 3220 Central Pkwy, Cincinnati
Fall 2019 - Focus on human trafficking, collaborating with Pones, date and location TBD
Spring 2020 - Focus on 19th Amendment centennial, date and location TBD