Dark River Community Singalong

Mary D. Watkins, composer + librettist
Tianhui Ng, music director
Brianna Robinson, Fannie Lou Hamer
Synthia Pullum, soprano
Emily Harmon, mezzo
Aaron Reeder, tenor
Miguel Angel Vazquez, bass
Colin Britt, piano
Antonio Oliart, recording engineer
Kathy Wittman, video editor

In association with WomenArts, West Village Chorale and Pioneer Valley Symphony, Tianhui Ng has developed a summer sing project that offers choruses an alternative to the canonic masterworks that are the staples of choral summer sings around the world.


Using Mary D. Watkins's captivating opera, Dark River (2009) as its foundation, this summer singalong affords choruses an entry point into the rich world of music by African-American composers. Based on the life of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, it creates opportunities for communities to reflect on this moment in our history, the legacy of the civil rights movement and the work that awaits us.

Featuring solo performances by Brianna Robinson in the title role of Fannie Lou Hamer, with heart-wrenching arias that are the artful transformations of Hamer's historic televised speeches, learning aids for singers, and inspiring insights into the music, and Hamer's extraordinary journey, the Dark River Summer Singalong promises a hard look at a difficult past and cautious optimism for the future.


About Fannie Lou Hamer

About the opera Dark River - the Fannie Lou Hamer Story

Audio Samples

Purchase a vocal score

(Rent) materials for your singalong

Learning Tools


Jul 29th, 2020
Dark River Summer Singalong
Pioneer Valley Symphony
Northampton, MA
Aug 3rd, 2020
Dark River Summer Singalong
West Village Chorale
New York, NY
Thank you to the following organizations and individuals for their kind contributions which made this work possible.
Katherine Schoonover
Pioneer Valley Symphony
West Village Chorale

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