• Dwight Andrews, Artistic Director
    Dwight Andrews, Artistic Director
  • Steven Darsey, Music Director
    Steven Darsey, Music Director
  • Dwight Andrews – Steven Darsey
    Dwight Andrews – Steven Darsey
  • Chancel Choir of First Congregational Church – Norma Raybon
    Chancel Choir of First Congregational Church – Norma Raybon
  • "Lift Every Voice and Sing"

    sung by 577 Atlanta school children in 2011 Atlanta Music Festival at Symphony Hall

  • Atlanta Music Festival Concert
    Atlanta Music Festival Concert

    Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emory University

  • Laquita Mitchell
    Laquita Mitchell

    Laquita Mitchell performing at the 2013 Music Festival.

  • The Vega String Quartet
    The Vega String Quartet

    The Vega String Quartet will be preforming at the 2013 Atlanta Music Festival.

  • Timothy B. Miller
    Timothy B. Miller

    Tenor, Timothy B. Miller will be performing at the 2013 Music Festival.

  • The Meridian Chorale
    The Meridian Chorale

Steven Darsey

Steven Darsey

Steven Foard Darsey holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and has studied musicology with the late Peter LeHuray at Cambridge and conducting with Helmuth Rilling at Stuttgart. He has conducted numerous performances and has prepared choruses for Sir David Willcocks and the late Robert Shaw. He lectures and publishes on the history and practice of church music and his work on Georgia's famous tunebook, The Sacred Harp, led him to establish a series of worship services with Fred Craddock based on Southern Folk Hymns. A composer, he has written and arranged some 125 works with publications through Lyra Sacra, Lawson-Gould and World Library music publishers. The summer of 2009, he completed his oratorio setting of Sidney Lanier's, "The Marshes of Glynn." For his work on Georgia’s Ossabaw Island on this composition, he was named the Sandy West Ossabaw Fellow for 2010. He currently holds a commission for a setting of John Wesley’s Covenant Prayer. President of Meridian Herald, since 1986, he has been Music Director for the Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church on the Emory University Campus, Atlanta, Georgia.


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The Atlanta Music Festival explores the dynamic character of American music and arts through the lens of African American concert music. This collaboration among Meridian Herald, First Congregational ChurchEmory University, and other community partners offers year-round performances, engaged scholarship, lectures, a summer music conservatory for youth, and university courses. Through these and future initiatives, the Atlanta Music Festival explores evolving racial and societal landscapes and encourages a deeper understanding of the relationship between music and culture.