The Urban Choral Arts Society is a combined choir of youth and adults, founded in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray. It is dedicated to improving the achievement and esteem of Baltimore area youth through music. UCAS has been asked to be the featured choir in a Lenox, MA concert celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. We invite you to support us so that the choir will be able to participate in this concert. Your donation will go toward travel, lodging and meals for the 25-member choir. Thank you!!
The Concert Presented by the Cantilena Chamber Choir of Lenox, the concert is entitled “Martin Luther King in this Time” and will offer psalms and spirituals. The featured work on the program is UCAS’s performance of “They Called her Moses” by Robert DeCormier, about the life of American abolitionist and humanitarian Harriet Tubman. UCAS presented this work—to great acclaim—in their concert in Spring 2017.
The Urban Choral Arts Society In partnership with the Eubie Blake Cultural Center, UCAS enables students to participate in regular rehearsals and performances with adult professional musicians who serve as their mentors. Each Saturday morning, students in 6th -12th grades attend two-hour workshop rehearsals that offer private voice instruction and rigorous choral practice. Our educational vision for students is that they become performance proficient, working both individually and collaboratively. Our goal is to develop a strong college and career pipeline through the arts. In addition, UCAS is dedicated to building a community of artists and preserving the music of the African diaspora. UCAS presents two major concerts each season. The choir was founded and is directed by Ronald S. McFadden, a classically trained baritone who is also the choral director and chair of the Performing Arts Department at Southwest Academy Magnet School in Baltimore County.