About the CityWide Grassroots Chorus
Mission, Vision, Values
Mission: To celebrate African-American contributions to music with a look at America’s unsung heroes and their musical influences. To acknowledge these visionaries whose courage, perseverance, and passion, have left an indelible mark on classical, contemporary, and jazz music throughout the world.
Vision: To bring national and international distinction to the CityWide Community Grassroots Chorus and the African-American community from which its music was birthed, by presenting the highest quality performances of great music composed by African-Americans.
Values: To build on the existing education system, relating to the contributions of African-American music and reaching current and future generations.
Founded in April 2013, the CityWide Grassroots Chorus was simply a vision of Brodrick Hill conceived out of the notion that history had not recognized the musical contribution of many of the talented African American composers.
In April of 2013, Brodrick proposed his idea to Steve Wenig, Director, Community Partnerships for the Houston Symphony Orchestra. The idea was presented to the Houston Symphony organization, and received support. From there, the concept begin to grow from an idea to a reality. Brodrick felt that if young aspiring African-American musicians were exposed to the great music composed by African-Americans, it would serve to be an inspiration. A Council Committee was formed consisting of Jessie Woods, Burnell Faye Hine, Dr. Albert Lemons, Dr. A. Jan Taylor and Brodrick Hill to begin the initial phase of sorting out the task. A Subcommittee was formed to identify individual teams to address specific task and work on the process of developing, and implementing the chorus. Auditions were held in Spring of 2014 and the chorus' first performance took place on July 12, 2014 as part of the Second Annual Day of Music at Jones Hall.
The successful achievement of transitioning the idea to a reality could not be accomplished without the hard work and dedication of each individual working at the council level and individual team level. However a special acknowledgement has to go to the Subcommittee Team Lead, Jessie Woods. His support, and hard work has been an inspiration. From the beginning, Jessie has been a constant source of encouragement, suggestions, and support. Additionally, the team of qualified, skilled professionals members have brought the tools to make the CWGC possible.
CityWide Grassroots Chorus Team
Brodrick W. Hill
Juan Zane Crawford
Special thanks to Houston Symphony's Project Partners Steve Wenig, Director, Community Partnerships and Amanda Dinitz, Chief of Strategic Initiatives, and the Houston Symphony Marketing, and Webmaster for their support and dedication to the project.