American Spiritual Ensemble

Everett McCorvey, Founder and Musical Director

The American Spiritual Ensemble is composed of some of the finest singers in the United States. The vocalists have thrilled audiences around the world with their dynamic renditions of classic spirituals, opera, jazz and Broadway numbers highlighting the black experience.

Founded in 1995 by Everett McCorvey, the mission of the American Spiritual Ensemble is to keep the American Negro spiritual alive.

Everett McCorvey is Director of Opera, Professor of Voice, and holds the Lexington Opera Society Endowed Chair in Opera at the University of Kentucky.

Angelique Clay will solo in “My Country Tis of Thee,” a commemorative performance
of Marian Anderson’s 1939 concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.



Everett McCorvey

Angelique Clay, Soloist


A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. Clay has recorded and toured as a soloist with the American Spiritual Ensemble throughout the United States, Spain and Brazil.  She has performed with international as well as regional orchestras such as the Slovak State Philharmonic, in Kosice, Slovak Republic; Sinfonia Warsovia in Poland; Missouri Symphony Society;
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