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2022 Listings: Tuesday, June 21st

Big Blue Opera Initiatives at TSU

Founded in the fall of 2015, the Big Blue Opera Initiatives (BBOI) is an outreach, performance training, and fundraising program serving the vocal students of Tennessee State University, local and national HBCUs, and underrepresented communities. The aim is to promote, expose, and support deserving students and communities too often left out of quality performing arts opportunities in Nashville and around the country. The 105 Voices of History National HBCU Choir, Opera America, the National Museum of African American Music, the Colour of Music Festival, the Harry T. Burleigh Society and the Narnia Festival are among BBOI’s national partners. Through programing such as vocal masterclasses, artists residencies, career workshops, and the nationally recognized Harry T. Burleigh Spiritual Festival, BBOI works to end the stereotypes of what opera and classical music are and who they are for.

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