Nina Simone Redux: Sing a Song of Nina

Saturday, August 17, 2019 10:30 AM
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Assistant Professor, Vocal Jazz/North Carolina Central University, Lenora Helm Hammonds presents Nina Simone’s well known and lesser heralded works through an interactive workshop discussing Nina’s work and contributions as a composer.


In this workshop, Hammonds delineates through song, discussion, audience participation and musical demonstrations, a symbolic body of vocal and music arrangements encapsulating the work of woman jazz singer/composer/activist Nina Simone. The discussion includes an array of Simone's works; from the iconic civil rights anthem, Young, Gifted and Black to the tone poem, No Images, to the depictions of woman femininity liberating what it means to be a strong black woman in See Line Woman and Blues for Mama. She will be joined by members of NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble with a rhythm section.


Chicago native Lenora Helm Hammonds is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Music and Jazz Studies Program for the College of Arts and Sciences at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC since 2005. Her service at NCCU includes directing the NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble and a number of academic and student initiatives, including the planning, design and coordination of a Teaching Artist Certificate program, and co-authoring a Global Citizen Certificate on-boarding course. She co-authored and team teaches two courses in globally networked classrooms: Composing, Arranging and Songwriting in a Global Network and Jazz! Born in American, Created Internationally and co-authored published research on the results of these collaborations. Recently named to the Jazz Vocal Advisory Board for Juilliard Jazz, Hammonds is a former U.S. Jazz Ambassador to Southeastern Africa, and the inaugural recipient of the 2018 International Javett Music Award given to jazz scholars assigned to University of Pretoria, South Africa. She is a GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year quarter-finalist and 2018 Who's Who Lifetime Achievement recipient. From 2013-18, she was the Fulbright Senior Music Specialist for Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus/Alborg, Denmark, University of South Africa, Pretoria and the largest distance education university in South Africa, UNISA. 

At her home university she earned the prestigious NCCU Excellence in Teaching Award, was named a UNC Global Educator Fellow and the 2014 Salzburg Global Citizen Fellow. Additionally, she is a NCCU-Duke University John Hope Franklin Institute Digital Humanities Fellow, She has written vocal jazz pedagogy syllabi for international universities and community music schools and is the vocal jazz artist-in-residence for Aruba International Jazz Day. Professor Hammonds' research focuses on the intersection of Jazz, globally networked learning environments (GNLEs) and intercultural competence. 


Registration is $27.00 for members and $30.00 for non-members. Please buy tickets HERE.


If you wish to receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the event, please click the button to register through NCCU. You can pay for CEUs on-site at the NC Museum of Art on the day of the event.






Continuing Education

Contact Hours: Hours - 1.5
CEU: Units - 1.5


NCCU's Continuing Education Department is proud to facilitate participants earning CEU's by attending this workshop...cllick the button above to register to obtain CEUs and you can pay for those CEUs on-site...



NC Museum of Art - SECU Auditorium

2110 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27607

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