Mission: To present programs which enrich America’s overall cultural heritage by highlighting the music of African descent composers.
The African Musical Arts, Inc., formerly named “African Chorus,” is a non-profit arts organization founded shortly before 1994 to foster a better understanding of Africa’s cultures through the musical arts. When our organization began, our goal was to showcase African choral composers through a small performing ensemble, the St. Louis African Chorus. Now, after 20 years of programming, this mission has expanded to a commitment to meet an ever-growing audience desirous of new modes of artistic expression, entertainment and cross-cultural enrichment. Our new name, African Musical Arts, Inc, reflects this expanded focus on both choral AND instrumental music by African-descent composers.
Their program, Sonic Safari for Schools, is funded by A&E's Maritz Arts and Education Fund for Teachers. Over the course of a 3-month residency program, a professional composer and instrumentalists will teach students, introduce new music pieces by African-descent composers, arrange a new work to be premiered by the Ferguson Middle School band during Black History Month, and coach young instrumentalists in performance techniques.