Patrick Dailey

Creative Director, Countertenor, Scholar

Patrick Dailey has been described as possessing “a powerful and elegant countertenor voice” and a “vocal standout”. As a scholar, he presented a performative presentation entitled "The Anatomy of the Black Voice: Peculiarities, Challenges, and Regional Differences" at the Center for Black Music Research's 2013 Black Vocality Symposium. Mr. Dailey serves on the voice faculty at Tennessee State University where he established the Big Blue Opera Initiatives and the annual Harry T. Burleigh Spiritual Festival.

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Daniel Sampson

Creative Director, Tenor

Praised by the New Orleans Times-Picayune for his “strong and moving performance,” tenor Daniel E. Sampson brings inspiration and expression every time he sings. A passionate educator and director, Daniel has taught at all levels of music education, from working with young students, to the collegiate level. He currently serves as the Director of Liturgical Music at St. Agnes and St. William of York Catholic Church in Baltimore.

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John Jeter

Advisor, Conductor

As far back as 2002, John and the Fort Smith Symphony were recognized by the League of American Orchestras for their outstanding work with John being the recipient of the League’s Helen M. Thompson Award “in recognition of outstanding artistic leadership.”

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Marquese Carter

Creative Director, Tenor, Scholar

Dr. Carter’s research on the art songs of Florence Price has been featured in numerous forums including the Society for American Music conference and the New York Times. Archival research for his dissertation The Poet and Her Songs: Analyzing the Art Songs of Florence B. Price was generously funded by the American Musicological Society Thomas Hampson Fund grant for song research.

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Ceylon Mitchell II

Creative Director, Flutist

Ceylon N. Mitchell II is an active freelance performer, educator, entrepreneur, and arts advocate in the Washington D.C. metro area. His mission is “keeping classical music alive, authentic, and accessible.” Recent accomplishments include a 2019 Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council Artist Fellowship Grant and 2018 Prince George’s County Forty UNDER 40 Award in Arts & Humanities. 

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Jonathan T. Rush

Creative Director, Conductor

Jonathan has served as Music Director of the Buckeye Philharmonic Orchestra, a student-run ensemble on the campus of The Ohio State University. In 2017, Jonathan was named conducting fellow for the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra and the winner of the Respighi Prize in Conducting at age 22.

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Elizabeth Hill

Creative Director, Pianist

Pianist, Elizabeth G. Hill, DMA, is an accomplished soloist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist, and educator. Her notable concert appearances include performances for the Embassy Concert Series in Washington DC, the Center for Jewish History in New York, and the Robert-Schumann-Haus in Zwickau, Germany. She is the co-founder of Meraki, a chamber ensemble devoted to awakening cultural compassion through music. 

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Samuel Thompson

Creative Director, Violinist

A very active violinist in the region, Samuel appears regularly with the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and is currently a member of the Colour of Music Virtuosi, a twenty-member chamber orchestra comprised of African-American instrumentalists from across the United States, and for two seasons served as one of the concertmasters of the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre.

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Jordan Randall Smith

Creative Director, Conductor

Jordan Randall Smith is the Music Director of Symphony Number One, Assistant Conductor at Johns Hopkins University's Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, and conductor at Opus Concert Theatre. Jordan has led 40 world premieres, recorded six albums, and is a contributor to Baltimore Magazine.

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YaShauna Swan

Creative Director, Violist

Although classically trained, Ms. Swan has also performed with a variety of popular artists including, Roberta Flack, Tye Tribbet, Eric Roberson, Kurt Carr, Karen Clarke-Sheard, Bilal, and many other notable artists. Ms. Swan has been featured at the famed Blues Alley in Washington, DC and on BET.  Most recently, she performed on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert with Mac Miller.

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Douglas W. Shadle

Creative Director, Scholar

Douglas Shadle joined the Blair School of Music as Assistant Professor of Musicology in 2014. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.M. in viola performance from the University of Houston.

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Samantha Ege

Artistic Advisor, Pianist, Scholar

Ege released her debut album in May 2018 with Wave Theory Records, entitled Four Women: Music for Solo Piano. The album has been described as “an impressive collection...performed with virtuosic assurance.” She has also been commended “for her goal to bring the music of these composers to greater public awareness.”

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Er-Gene Kahng

Artistic Advisor, Violinist

Er-Gene Kahng has been a leading figure in reviving the works of Florence Price. Her premiere recording of Price's two violin concerti has been released through Albany Records, and has been cited by The New Yorker, the New York Times, and NPR as an important contribution to American classical music. 

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