Music for March 19

Sunday’s music includes two arrangements of African-American Spirituals as well as a folk hymn from the American South. Our choral offering at 9am and 11am is William L. Dawson’s “There is a balm in Gilead.” Dawson (1899-1990) was a prolific African-American composer, choir director, professor, and musicologist who trained and later worked at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. The organ postlude is by living African-American composer, educator, and arranger Uzee Brown, Jr. (b. 1950), with ties to Morehouse College in Chicago. Sunday’s prelude, meanwhile, is an arrangement of the hymn “What wondrous love” by American composer and pianist Vicki Collinsworth, as we continue to highlight at least one female composer each week this Women’s History Month.