The students of Allen Universitys Hall Johnson Summer Camp will perform a free finale concert Fridayunder the director of festival conductor Roland Carter:
COLUMBIA, SC - The teenagers at Allen Universitys Hall Johnson summer music camp began their morning with a practice hum that gained depth and precision as renowned guest conductor Roland Carter urged them onward.
Your intensity has to stay here, Carter, the Tennessee-based composer, arranger and conductor, commanded.
The 20 students, under the director of festival conductor Carter, will perform a closing concert Friday night that is open to the public.
, all energy and action as his
arms waved high and then low with the beat, told the youngsters that the embrace of music goes far beyond the lyrics and music.
If you are trying to aspire to be a singer, you cant be shy, he
said, as he
instructed one of the campers to take on a solo.
You see when you sing, when you perform its what we call abandonment you have to empty out everything.
lived by that credo, embarking, after leaving Allen, on studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Julliard School and the University of California
launched a storied musical career.
is really good at breaking things down and showing you how to break down notes.
Carter, who has taught hundreds of students and is a professor emeritus at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, has a direct link to Hall Johnson.
As a graduate student at New York University, he had the opportunity to spend some time with Johnson.
told the students it was Johnson
who taught him the signature rocking chair technique of swaying while singing spirituals.
died in 1970.
Through the day, Carter
cajoled, encouraged and praised the students as they mastered dissonance and tackled the layering of sounds that makes the music so evocative.
You got to put it all together, folks, he
I could forgive you if you didnt know the music but you got the music in your head.
After a particularly grueling musical passage, he
arms to the students: You are wonderful.