Alcorn fine arts student to perform with national HBCU choir at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

The Department of Fine Arts is pleased to announce that Amber M. Kinney, a junior music education major, will be representing Alcorn as part of a national HBCU choir performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Sunday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m.

The HBCU choir will be performing the song “Partners Achieving Success Presents: America’s Heritage salute via Our Voices.” The performance is part of national black music month activities and marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The performance showcases jazz, choral and gospel music from the civil rights period with highlights of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, favorites of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Wynton Marsalis.

Dr. Larry Konecky, chairman of the Department of Fine Arts, expressed his excitement for the talented student’s upcoming performance.

“We are so proud of her and look forward to the performance,” said Konecky.

A Detroit, Michigan native, Kinney began studying music at an early age. Upon graduating from high school, she received a full scholarship to major in vocal music education at Alcorn where she currently holds a 3.29 GPA. Kinney takes an active part in the University life and in her community as a member and current president of the Alcorn Chapter of Choir Psi Phi National Music Society, Inc. She is also an active member of the Gamma Phi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Kinney is excited to having been selected through a competitive audition process to participate. Thirty students were selected to perform in the choir and others were chosen to perform as instrumentalists. Students will attend rehearsals, master classes and other activities at George Washington University June 16-22.

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