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LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. – Two Concert Choir members will represent Lincoln University in a virtual performance that will premiere as part of the White House Initiative for Historically Black Colleges and Universities 2020 National Virtual HBCU Conference on September 23.
Ameenah Muhammad, a senior vocal performance major from Philadelphia, and Kayla Horton, a junior health science student from Philadelphia, will be among the students in the 105 Voices of Historically Black Colleges and Universities National Video Initiative singing performing "Lift Every Voice and Sing" in the virtual concert video, "United as One Global Voice," that debuts on Wednesday at 11 a.m. and airs again at 8 p.m. All 105 HBCUs across the nation will be represented. Monday kicks off National HBCU Week.
Muhammad, who serves as president of Iota Pi Chapter of the Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority Inc., said this experience will “enhance” her education at LU by exposing her to opportunities and networking with fellow HBCU students.
“…It means so much to me to be able to network and share my gifts with those of like crafts at other institutions,” Muhammad said. “This was a new experience for me, and I had to learn to adapt and try something outside of my comfort zone. I always remember that I am an ambassador for the university, so whatever position I am put in, I know I must uphold our legacy."
Horton, who serves as vice president of Sigma Alpha Iota international music fraternity for women, said in addition to the song being one of her favorite pieces, she was grateful and blessed to be part of the ensemble, calling it "a way to get out of [her] comfort zone and connect and network with my peers from other HBCUs."
Students recorded themselves singing their particular vocal part for "Lift Every Voice and Sing." A panel of choral conductors/voice teachers from around the country listened and watched all the student video recordings.
Choir director Dr. Camilla J. Horne said, “I am thrilled that Ameenah and Kayla will be representing the talents and musical abilities of the Lincoln University Concert Choir. Most importantly, their participation exemplifies Lincoln University's distinctive legacy of leadership development.”