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Monday, June 19, 2023 | 4pm Pacific

3rd annual
Juneteenth Choral Celebration
conducted by Dr. Candace Y. Johnson with special guest Kev Choice

Join AMN for our third annual Juneteenth choral celebration—in person at New Destiny Church in Oakland or online via Zoom


About the Event

Dates and Times

Monday, June 19, 2022   |  4pm Pacific

Who should attend?

Anyone who wishes to participate in an inspiring hour of singing American spirituals!

There are two options for participation:

IN-PERSON at New Destiny Church: 625 8th St, Oakland, CA 94612

ONLINE via Zoom

All who purchase IN-PERSON tickets will also receive a link to join online.

Register at Eventbrite using the registration button. Once registered, you’ll receive an email with a link to your personal access page.
For those who are attending in person, you will get specific instructions via email.

Is there a cost?


How do I prepare?

No preparation is required! We will provide some listening materials for those who wish to learn the parts in advance, but just show up and join in: All will enjoy singing this inspiring music together.


This workshop is supported by the Bill Graham Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.

About the Mentors

Meet our distinguished mentors for this program: Candace Johnson and Kev Choice.

Praised by Opera Wire for her vocal clarity, dramatic presence, and expressive interpretation, soprano Candace Y. Johnson has concertized widely, including guest appearances at Carnegie Hall and The Manhattan Center, and with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Johnson is a versatile artist, equally comfortable in opera, musical theater, and jazz. She has performed lead roles in Le Nozze di FigaroThe MediumSuor AngelicaFame, and she defined the genre-bending role of Jackie in the world premiere of Howard’s End, America with RealOpera, San Francisco (2019).

In the Spring of 2021 at The Marsh Theater, Johnson premiered a solo musical performance series titled The Art Songs of Black Composers, wherein she uniquely integrates vocal performance, theatrical storytelling, and music analysis — all to champion the songs and lives of African American composers past and present.

Also a fitness enthusiast, in 2020, Johnson launched FitnesSing!™, a new vocal health approach she designed that combines vocal training with physical fitness and dance. FitnesSing!™ streams live every Friday at noon on The Marsh Theater’s virtual platform, the MarshStream. It is quickly becoming the rave with singers of every skill level.

In 2018, Johnson premiered her first one-woman show, VOX in a BOX– the musical biography of how she found her “voice.” In VOX in a BOX Johnson uniquely fuses her black music heritage and classical training with storytelling to explore themes of identity, race, belonging, and freedom of expression.

On the voice faculty at the University of California-Berkeley since 2009, Johnson teaches applied voice classes and a musicology course she designed based on her research and performance of works by African-American composers. Prior to her current appointment, she was awarded a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in the music department. Johnson earned her doctorate in voice performance from the University of Michigan, where she studied with the late Shirley Verrett, as well as George Shirley and Willis Patterson.


Pianist. Emcee. Producer. Bandleader. Sideman. Music historian. Kev Choice wears many hats, and all of them fit. Blessed with prodigious talent, plus the skill and dedication to his craft to pull it off, the Oakland-based artist is redefining what it means to be a musician in this day and age. Not too many classically-trained pianists who hold Master’s degrees in jazz can rock microphones with blazing-hot 16s.

Yet such versatility comes natural to Choice, whose diverse array of influences ranges from Prince to Rakim to A Tribe Called Quest to Stevie Wonder to McCoy Tyner to Chopin and Ravel.

“I grew up in the Hip-Hop era,” he explains. “I had love for Hip-Hop before I even knew what classical music really was.” Hip-Hop, he says, “was always the music that helped me express myself the most,” while “Classical music gave me a broader understanding and appreciation for music beyond Hip-Hop.”


Thank you to our venue partner, New Destiny Church!

New Destiny is a multi-cultural apostolic church that strengthens families and goes beyond the wall of the church to impact our region.

Workshop Materials

Learn your music

Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho

Dr. Johnson will create a special arrangement of this traditional spiritual, but meanwhile, here are a few great performances in various styles!

Mahalia Jackson

The Golden Gate Quartet

Elvis Presley and the Jordanaires

Moses Hogan’s arrangement performed by Moses Hogan Singers

adapted by Women of the World