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 […]

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. […]

Transformative power of music focus of IU Soul Revue’s spring concert

The IU Soul Revue’s spring concert will use the transformative power of soul music to express various dimensions of African American life, including a high-energy dance party, a call to socio-political reflection and the nuance of an intimate relationship. Set to begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in downtown Bloomington, […]