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Oral history interview with Vincent Stringer

Oral history interview with Vincent Stringer
Stringer, Vincent Dion
Sound Recording, Sound Recording
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Born in Connecticut of parents from the South, Vincent Stringer recounts his early memories of growing up in a religious, singing family. He discusses his appreciation of spirituals that began in high school after obtaining a scholarship to study voice at the West Hartford School of Music and Dance. He describes his vision of spirituals as possessing an innate divinity and healing power, but believes many African Americans are ashamed of their enslaved past and the spirituals that are associated with it. He describes the founding of the New England Spiritual Ensemble and the role it plays in preserving the heritage of spirituals, both folk and arranged (concretized) versions. He also describes the annual Praise House November meeting he has organized where members of the community rehearse and perform a concert devoted to spirituals., Vincent Stringer (1965-) is a baritone and recitalist. After studying voice at the West Hartford School of Music and Dance high school, Stringer attended the New England Conservatory of Music, received a B.A. in Music from Eastern Nazarene College, and completed a Master's Degree in opera at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge. He is the founder and artistic director of the New England Spiritual Ensemble, and is on the voice faculty at Phillips Academy, Andover. He is also an advocate for new music, premiering many works including the Elizabeth Swados cantata, Defiance, commissioned by the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., Conducted May 31, 1999, in Westford, Massachusetts.