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Ujima Singers




75 min/week
15 weeks

Start Date

Sep. 18th
Feb. 5th

About the Program

Spring 2024 Open Rehearsal on February 5th at 5:30pm! (Free opportunity to meet and greet the group before officially signing up for the program.)

Prioritizing Black and indigenous (BIPOC) participation, the mission of the Ujima Singers is to bring musical and cultural collectivity to the Black community here in Western Mass! Director Evelyn Harris specializes in music as activism, and aims to create a space for intergenerational education through song.

This program is a reimagination of the Ku'umba Women's Choir, with new focus on gathering Black singers (of all gender identities) around their ancestral music. Repertoire includes a variety of Negro Spirituals, blues music, and R&B.

In addition to weekly rehearsals, group members are expected to commit to performing at a number of public performances as an expression of the group's activism and community-outreach mission.

A current group member described the experience an "amazing space to sing and connect. It is actually life-changing!"

NCMC is proud to offer several tuition options for participants.

• Those with the financial means will be asked to pay $180 per season.

• Those with limited financial means can choose to pay any amount between $100-180 per season, without applying for financial aid.

• Those who apply for financial aid and qualify can participate in this program at no cost.


Meetings will take place on Mondays from 5:30-6:45pm.

Your Instructor

Evelyn Harris

Evelyn Harris teaches voice at NCMC. She was a member of the world-renowned acapella group Sweet Honey in the Rock for 18 years, and has been singing, arranging, writing and conducting music for more than 40 years, traveling extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, Japan, the Caribbean and Africa.

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