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 2018 - 2019

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

Soprano I

Rose Fisher Margo Hall Eva Lucas
Arlene King-Berry Patricia McCoy-Lassiter Barbara Mitchell
Shebbie Rice Jacqueline Richardson Lorree K. Slye
Brenda Tucker

Soprano II

Janice Alexander Adriene Banks Sherry Bell
Louise Doss-Martin Estelle Franklin Alison Gentry
Dawn Howard Letha Lucas Anne Reid
Linda Rivere

Alto I

Shirley Hennigan-Carter Sandra Collins Amelia Coram
Karen L. Hall Phyllis Johnson-Miller Michelle Overton
Michelle Scott

Alto II

Yvonne Baskerville Natalie Carter Regina Jones-Austin
Jennifer Lee Bettie McKenzie-Mabry Donna McMillan
L'Shauntee Robertson-Johnson Theresa Simmons

Tenor I

Cynthia Cephas Thomas Flanagan Bill Harris
W. Christopher Hollinsed Armand Peterson Milton Pippens

Tenor II

Maxwell Brown Gregory Jeffries Thomas Mitchell
Calvin Simpson Billie Smith


Kevin Allen Earl Franks Michael A. Harris
Ronald King Garnet Mowatt Jaime Robinson
Daniel Scott Earl Simmons

Bass II

Joe Fordham Richard Glover Blake Lorenz
Albert Spencer


Board of Directors

Mr. Stanley J. Thurston
Dr. W. Christopher Hollinsed
Mr. John Tatum

Dr. Thomas Bullock
Immediate Past President

Dr.Ysaÿe Barnwell
Mr. Darryl Haley

Dr. Saïs Kamalidiin

Mr. Richard (Rick) Lee

Dr. Wil Parker

Mr. William S. Rice, III

Dr. Maria J. Hankerson
Board Advisor

Ms. Carla Hübner
Board Advisor

Mr. Edward J. Lewis, III
Board Advisor

Leadership Team

Stanley J. Thurston
President & Artistic Director
Dana M. Anderson
Executive Director
Karen L. Hall
Director of Artistic Operations

Shebbie R. Rice
Chorale Operations Manager