The Heritage Signature Chorale

Lifting Spirits, Liberating Souls

The Heritage Signature Chorale is committed to preserving, at the highest possible level, the performance tradition of African-American choral music, especially the Negro Spiritual; to elevating the African-American singer and composer in all musical genres; and to bringing a unique interpretation of classical music from America, Europe and other regions of the world. 

The Chorale provides a venue for showcasing artists, composers, and arrangers who share this commitment, thereby fostering community awareness and appreciation of this important legacy. 

Founded in 2000 by Artistic Director Stanley J. Thurston, HSC seeks to enhance opportunities for a new generation of listeners to understand and appreciate the historical legacy of this music through education and performance. 


MEMBER ROSTER 2016 - 2017

Stanley J. Thurston, Artistic Director   ~    Maxwell Brown, Accompanist

Soprano I

Adriene Banks Rose Fisher Margo Hall
Darlene Ifill-Taylor Emily Ittner Arlene King-Berry
Patricia McCoy-Lassiter Barbara Mitchell Brenda D. Tucker

Soprano II

Janice Alexander Sherry Bell Estelle Franklin
Alison Gentry Dawn Howard Letha W. Lucas
Patricia Mabry Charlotte McGhee Yolanda Peterson-Jones
Anne Reid Shebbie R. Rice Iris Richard
Linda Rivere

Alto I

Sandra Collins Amelia Coram Ann Dyson
Heather L. Griffin Meredith Harrison Shirley Hennigan-Carter
Geneva Jones Margaret LaRue Avis Matthews
Ivy Meadows Phyllis Johnson Miller Jocelyn Sands
Theresa Simmons

Alto II

Yvonne Baskerville Courtney Brown Rey Forrest
Carolyn Scipio Glover Jennifer Lee Bettie McKenzie-Mabry
Donna McMillan L'Shauntee' Robertson Gail Shipp

Tenor I

Sharon M. Baukman Cynthia Cephas Bill Harris
W. Christopher Hollinsed Milton Pippens

Tenor II

Greg Jeffries Larry Melton Thomas Mitchell
Kevin Pinckney Calvin Simpson Billie Smith
Sherman Wright

Bass I

Daniel Callis Rufus Daniels Wil Parker
Jamie Robinson Daniel Scott

Bass II

Richard Glover, Sr. Blake Lorenz Albert Spencer


Board of Directors

Thomas Bullock, President William S. Rice, III William E. Ayers Jr.
W. Christopher Hollinsed Sageta Jackson Wilbur Parker
Desmond Pierre-Louis Lenard Starks

Advisory Member

Ysaye M. Barnwell

Leadership Team

Stanley J. Thurston, Artistic Director Shebbie Rice, Chorale/Business Manager Avis Matthews, Operations Manager