Dr. Everett McCorvey is Professor of Voice and the OperaLex Endowed Chair in Opera Studies at the University of Kentucky. He is the Director and Executive Producer of UK Opera Theatre, a program that is recognized by the Richard Tucker Foundation as one of the top 20 Recommended Opera Training Programs in the country. As a tenor soloist, he has enjoyed critical acclaim and has performed in many prestigious venues around the world, including the Kennedy Center, Radio City Music Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, and Italy’s Teatro Communale.
Dr. McCorvey established, directs, and tours nationally and internationally with the American Spiritual Ensemble and is in his 6th season as the Artistic Director of the National Chorale, a professional choral organization that presents an annual choral-orchestral series at Lincoln Center in New York.
Jeryl Cunningham-Fleming’s vocal artistry has been heard in more than ten countries and on four continents. Her versatile and vibrant voice, paired with her fervent advocacy of African American music, makes her a favored soloist for leading ensembles, including the Boys Choir of Harlem and the American Spiritual Ensemble, and prestigious venues, including the United Nations and Lincoln Center. Cunningham-Fleming is a regular soloist and Assistant Director with the American Spiritual Ensemble, that performs classic spirituals, opera, jazz, and Broadway tunes highlighting the black experience in concerts in the United States, Europe, and South America. Ms. Cunningham-Fleming received her bachelor's degree in vocal performance at Oakwood University. She obtained her master's degree in vocal performance at Mannes School of Music; and has completed a doctoral degree at the University of Kentucky.
Joshua Thompson is a pianist, social musicologist, teaching artist, and producer. Known onstage as Sock Joplin, he is recognized on a national scale for his expertise on classical composers of African descent and the inherent cultural connectivity in the broader aesthetic of Black Arts movements.
Joshua received a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana. He was the 2020 Beckman Emerging Artist Fellow of the Arts Council of Indianapolis and resident at the Africana Studies Center for Music and Society at the Berklee School of Music in Boston as well as a performing/teaching resident at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. He currently serves as the first Musicologist in Residence for Classical Music Indy and is co-host of the award-winning podcast Melanated Moments in Classical Music.
George Anthony Brown is a skilled developer, illustrator, designer, and photographer. Proficient in a wide range of visual and art services, he excels in the presentation of concepts to clients and stake holders. He is Senior Designer for Anthem, Inc., in Indianapolis.
George created BrownDesign, a freelance agency that offers his expert services as an art director, web developer, and promotional video production.
Leslie Nelson is a retired music educator and arts advocate. She received bachelor's and master's degrees in Music Education with a piano principal from Butler University in Indianapolis. She taught General Music in the Indianapolis Public Schools (Junior High!!) for 25 years and served as the Magnet Program Director at Donnan Middle School for their Health and Wellness Program. Leslie is an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota, International Music Fraternity for Women. She served in several province and national offices and is the recipient of the National Alumnae Leadership Award. She and her husband, Roger, are active in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Association.
Andrew Scanlan-Holmes, a Methodist Minister from the United Kingdom, started his ministry at Roberts Park in Advent of 2013 and was appointed Senior Pastor in July 2014. Prior to this appointment Andrew was on a period of study leave after serving four churches in the Newcastle upon Tyne area in the North East of England. He has been an accredited Methodist preacher for over 30 years. He gained his Doctor of Theology & Ministry from Durham University in the UK in 2013.
Andrew and his wife Carolyn live in the Williams Creek area of Indianapolis. Carolyn is the Senior Pastor at The Garden Community UMC.
Morning Brown, Inc., is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, including introducing and exposing economically and ethnically diverse and multigenerational audiences to opera and classical music through live and recorded performances in the context of a wide array of musical genres. Morning Brown, Inc., is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.