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

Adriene Banks Rose Fisher Margo Hall
Eva Lucas Emily Ittner Arlene King-Berry
Patricia McCoy-Lassiter Barbara Mitchell Jacqueline Richardson
Brenda D. Tucker

Soprano II

Janice Alexander Sherry Bell Louise Doss-Martin
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 Regina Jones-Austin Margaret LaRue
Avis Matthews Phyllis Johnson Miller Michelle Overton
Jocelyn Sands

Alto II

Yvonne Baskerville Courtney Brown Natalie Carter
Rey Forrest Jennifer Lee Bettie McKenzie-Mabry
Donna McMillan L'Shauntee' Robertson Gail Shipp
Theresa Simmons

Tenor I

Cynthia Cephas Edward Graves Bill Harris
W. Christopher Hollinsed Kevin Pinckney Milton Pippens

Tenor II

Greg Jeffries Thomas Mitchell Calvin Simpson
Billie Smith Sherman Wright

Bass I

Rufus Daniels Carlton Greene Michael Harris
Ronald King Garnet Mowatt Wil Parker
Jaime Robinson Daniel Scott Earl Simmons
Jordon Washington Michael Wilson

Bass II

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