INTRODUCING THEDOROTHY COTTON JUBILEE SINGERSThe Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers (DCJS) was founded in 2010 by Dr. Baruch Whitehead, associate professor of music education at Ithaca College, and is dedicated to the preservation of the "Negro Spirituals." This group of community singers, directed by Dr. Whitehead, was named in honor of current Ithaca resident Dorothy Cotton, civil rights pioneer who served as education director for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Currently, the DCJS perform at two semi-annual concerts, as invited participants for numerous community events and organizations (in both Ithaca and beyond), and as part of formal programs at Ithaca College and Cornell University. The programs at Ithaca College and Cornell have often been in conjunction with celebrations of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday and Black History Month.While the main focus of the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers is to share the music of the "Negro Spirituals" with others, there is a substantial educational piece that is woven into the fabric of our singing. At our concerts, our director Baruch Whitehead often introduces the different songs with narration about their hidden meanings, history, or significance to enslaved Africans of the time. Sometimes we have a more formal presentation of some aspect of the history of the spirituals. For example, at our May, 2012 concert, Paula E. F. Younger presented a narrative about the connection between the words of some of the spirituals with the Underground Railroad, which offered a secret route to freedom in the North for African slaves; she did another presentation about Sojourner Truth in connection with a song featuring her words, which the DCJS performed at the Ithaca College program celebrating Black History Month on February 22, 2013.Participation in the DCJS also serves as an educational opportunity for numerous Ithaca College students who have been part of the singing group since the fall of 2012. Some have conducted songs for our concerts, some have made original arrangements for us to sing, some have sung solos, some have helped with weekly rehearsals by providing voice lessons before rehearsals or running sectionals during rehearsals that facilitate our learning of new songs. While not formally connected to our group, children from the Southside Afterschool Music Program presented a concert in connection with our Spring Concert at Southside in April 2013. Finally, the diversity of the membership of the chorus encourages interaction among individuals of varying ages, heritage, and backgrounds. All of the singers in the DCJS look forward to continuing our educational role in connection with this powerful music. In addition, we look forward to learning more about how we could make a meaningful contribution to the work of the CUMEP in the Ithaca area.
WHAT’S NEW WITH DCJS?
The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers have noted with sadness the passing of their namesake and spiritual muse, Dorothy Cotton, on Sunday, June 10th, 2018.
DCJS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporationwith grant support from:
• The Community Arts Partnership• The New York State Council on the Arts• The Tompkins County Tourism Program• The Kraut Family Fund of the Community Foundation• The Hess Legacy Fund of the Community Foundation
CONGRATULATIONS TO DOROTHY COTTON AND THE DCJS SINGERS!
The Mayor of the City of Ithaca and the the Tompkins County Legislature issued a proclamation declaring May 12th “Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers Day”
Join the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers!Auditions will be held Wednesday, January 16th, 2019from 6:00 - 7:30 pm at the First Baptist Church in IthacaFind more information on Facebook HEREBe prepared for voice placement, pitch matching and singing a simple song click HERE to view our audition sheetPlease download and fill out the sheet, then bring it to your auditionAny questions contact Baruch Whitehead at email@example.com
The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers have noted with sadness the passing of their namesake and spiritual muse, Dorothy Cotton, on Sunday, June 10th, 2018. Ms. Cotton was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement, working alongside the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to develop and implement the Citizenship Education Program in the 1960s. Links to the Cornell Chronicle news release of her passing and the New York Times Obituary for Ms. Cotton are listed below.
Performance contact informationIf you would like to schedule a performance by the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers please contact our director, Dr. Baruch J. Whitehead via email at: firstname.lastname@example.orgOur performance fee is $1000.00, payable upon completion of the event. In the event that an organization can’t afford the fee arrangements must be made ahead of time with the director. click here for sample programsfrom 2013, 2014 and 2015
Help Us Keep Our Concerts Free!Become a Friend of the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers!Please make checks payable to DCJS and send to:The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee SingersP.O. Box 61, Ithaca, NY 14851-0061or donate online with PayPalYour gift of $25, $50, $75, $100, or any amount is appreciated! For inquiries please email us at:email@example.com
KEEPERS of the LEGACYThank you for your generous donations tothe Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers!Please make checks payable to DCJS and send to:The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee SingersP.O. Box 61, Ithaca, NY 14851-0061or donate online with PayPalYour gift of $500 or more is appreciated! For inquiries please email us at:firstname.lastname@example.org