The African-American Spiritual (Full Audio & Text Available)

February 24th, 2019
- Special guest: Floydd Ricketts, with Rev. Diane Rollert and music by Floydd Ricketts and Sandra Hunt

We are pleased to welcome Floydd Ricketts for our service on this Sunday to share his passion and extensive knowledge of the African American Spiritual. Floydd is a conductor, coach and doctoral student at McGill’s Schulich School of Music. Most recently, he was the musical director and arranger for Choir Boy at the Centaur Theatre. His research focuses on the African-American Spiritual, it’s origins from West Africa, across the Middle Passage, and into North America; the evolution of the art form from monophonic hymns to intricate modern arrangements; and how to perform Spirituals well and within an informed and conscientious purview while diminishing the risk of offence or cultural appropriation.

Read the text version of Floydd’s sermon here.