African American Dance Company’s annual workshop features classes, events, performance

Post by IU Newsroom intern Laura Ellsworth: Indiana University’s African American Dance Company will present its 19th Annual Dance Workshop on March 3 and 4 in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center at IU Bloomington. The workshop exposes participants to dance and music from the perspective of the African American and African Diaspora through master dance classes, […]

Camp SOUL attracts talented high school students with its mix of music, empowerment

IU Newsroom intern Amanda N. Marino contributed to this story: On the first morning at Camp SOUL, students in the rhythm section dabbled with their instruments at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center. None of the campers spoke much to the counselors or each other. Just minutes before, acting director Ignoisco Miles rallied the entire group, […]

Spring concert series showcases ensembles of IU’s African American Arts Institute

Post courtesy of newsroom intern Amanda N. Marino: Throughout the month of April, the three ensembles of Indiana University’s African American Arts Institute will host their annual spring concerts. The central mission of the institute is the preservation and celebration of African American culture. IU students across many areas of study participate in its performance groups […]

African American Choral Ensemble celebrates anniversary; Dance Company hosts workshop

Post courtesy of newsroom intern Amanda N. Marino: This weekend will be a busy one for two of the performance-based groups in the African American Arts Institute. The African American Choral Ensemble will begin to celebrate its 40th anniversary while the African American Dance Company will host its 18th annual dance workshop. The African American Choral Ensemble […]

‘Potpourri of the Arts’ mixes music and dance from three different IU ensembles Nov. 7

Post courtesy of newsroom intern Tori Lawhorn: Indiana University’s African American Arts Institute will present its annual “Potpourri of the Arts” concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave., in downtown Bloomington. General admission for adults is $20. Children under 12 years old and students are $10. […]

IU professor Tyron Cooper takes home two regional Emmys for his music

Tyron Cooper is an assistant professor in Indiana University’s Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies and serves as the director of IU Soul Revue. He’s also a devoted mentor, composer, ethnomusicologist and performer. And, since Saturday, he is the winner of two regional Emmys. Cooper won an award in the Musical Composition/Arrangement category for […]

IU Soul Revue meets with Stax Music Academy students during recent visit to Memphis

Guest post courtesy of IU Soul Revue member Bruce Anderson IV: Editor’s note: IU Soul Revue, under the direction of Tyron Cooper, recently traveled to Memphis, Tenn. with the support of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs. Despite treacherous weather, the group was able to perform and meet with high school students at the Stax Music […]

IU Soul Revue hosts high school students visiting from Stax Music Academy in Memphis

  “Remember this place. This time, this place, this space could be the pivotal point for the rest of your life” Tyron Cooper, director of IU Soul Revue, delivered this introduction to 21 high school students from Stax Music Academy who visited Indiana University’s Bloomington campus Oct. 23 and 24. The Stax Music Academy serves […]

And he scores! Professor Tyron Cooper pens music for Bobby ‘Slick’ Leonard documentary

Post by Karen Land of IU Communications, video by Milana Katic: Not many documentaries stage a world premiere in an 18,000-seat arena. But when the subject is an Indiana basketball legend, you throw out the playbook. On July 29, WFYI Public Television will screen “Bobby ‘Slick’ Leonard: Heart of a Hoosier” at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. […]

IU Soul Revue honors founding director Portia Maultsby

Guest post courtesy of IU Communications colleague Brittany Aders: The IU Soul Revue will have its annual spring concert 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3 in the Ruth N. Halls Theatre, incorporating repertoire that students have learned throughout the semester. Songs by Earth, Wind & Fire, Al Green, Jill Scott, the O’Jays, The Jackson 5, Pharrell […]