Founded in 1997, this is the home of interchange between performers and scholars interested in art song by African-American composers. Here you will find information and links to assist with your discovery of our contribution to song.

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NANM Centennial Convention

Author : National Association of Negro Musicians ,
July 20,2019
The National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. is an historic organization that supports and promotes all styles of music, but especially music that has been composed and/or performed by those of African descent.  NANM will celebrat

The George Shirley African American Art Song and Opera Aria Competition

Author : GSVC ,
May 20,2019
The George Shirley Vocal Competition: African American Vocal Repertoire (GSVC) is an annual competition, held at The University of Michigan. The competition offers singers and composers the opportunity to work with and receive feedback from

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Mission Statement


Promote and Uplift the contributions made by African-Americans to art song, be they composers, performers or scholars. Art song here is defined as belonging to the tradition of Western art culture.

Serve the needs of scholars, teachers, and performers seeking information about African-American art song. Such service includes maintenance of this web site.

Share information and repertoire between teachers, scholars, and performers. It is essential to the mission of AASA that repertoire not be considered as a precious commodity to be kept from other performers. This repertoire must be performed, repeatedly, by many performers if it is to make its way into the mainstream of liter

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