SPRING CONCERT | Saturday, June 8 | 7:30 p.m.

Join us as we culminate our 60th Anniversary celebration with our Spring 2024 Concert, We Have Had Singing: Celebrating 60-years of Song. The concert will feature GNHCC’s choral favorites through the decades. Don’t miss this celebration of joy, community, and the bright future of GNHCC.

Battell Chapel (corner of College and Elm), New Haven, Conn.

FALL CONCERT | Spectacular Holiday Music

Saturday, December 9, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.

Join us for an evening of music Celebrating works by African-American Women, featuring “The Ballad of the Brown King” by Margaret Bonds, with text by Langston Hughes.

United Church on the Green | 270 Temple St., New Haven, Conn.

Collaborative Artists

Jillian Tate, soprano

Jillian Tate is a soprano currently pursuing her Master of Music degree at Yale University under the tutelage of Gerald Martin Moore. This past summer she attended the prestigious Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, where she studied under leading industry professionals. Recently she appeared in Yale Opera Scenes as Peter in Joel Thompson’s The Snowy Day, Soeur Constance in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites, and Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. She also appeared as a soloist with Yale Philharmonia, performing Adolphus Hailstork’s
JFK: The Last Speech. Later this year she will perform Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with Yale Opera. Additionally, she was honored to be a finalist in the inaugural Duncan Williams Voice Competition in February. Prior to her attending Yale, Jillian performed with Opera Carolina as a soloist in Douglas Tappin’s I Dream, and in the chorus of Verdi’s Aida. She earned her Bachelor of Music in 2021 from the University of Maryland where she studied with mezzo-soprano Delores Ziegler. During her time at the University of Maryland, Jillian was a featured soloist at the Kennedy Center’s Reach Opening Festival as an alumna of the Washington National Opera Institute.

Miles Wilson-Toliver, baritone

For opera singer Miles Wilson-Toliver, the stage under his feet is a second home. Groomed in the church and trained by his vocal teachers since a youth, Toliver has developed a distinctive relationship with music. He performs with a purpose, using his inviting Baritone to challenge conventions of the centuries-old genre. From musical theatre classics to new operatic works, he considers each feature an opportunity to connect and heal through the arts, refreshing his audience’s experience of opera as they know it. 

As a teaching artist, he keeps young men under his tutelage with hopes of fostering their curiosity in opera music. His goal is to lead young men like him, who’ve found a spiritual and aural transaction in the classical arts and guide them to a life of full purpose, expression, and potential. 

Dr. Robert Stepto

Robert Stepto is the John M. Schiff Professor of English at Yale. He has been a member of the Yale faculty in English, African American Studies, American Studies since 1974. His principal fields are American and African American autobiography, fiction, poetry and visual arts since 1840. His publications include A Home Elsewhere: Reading African American Classics in the Age of ObamaBlue As the Lake: A Personal Geography, and From Behind the Veil: A Study of Afro-American Narrative. His editing projects include (with Jennifer Greeson) the Norton Critical Edition of Charles Chesnutt’s Conjure Stories, (with Michael Harper) Chant of Saints: Afro-American Literature, Art, and Scholarship, (with Dexter Fisher) Afro-American Literature: The Reconstruction of Instruction, and (with Donald McQuade et al) The Harper American Literature anthologies. He has been an editorial board member at American LiteratureAmerican Quarterly and Callaloo. He serves on the national committee to establish an American Writers Museum. For 25 summers, he has taught at the Bread Loaf School of English, where he has been the Robert Frost Professor of English and an Interim Director of the School. Among his recent honors are invitations to deliver W. E. B. Du Bois Lectures at Harvard, an Abernathy Lecture (Middlebury) and a Rushton Lecture (Virginia). At Yale, he has contributed to the conferences on Middle Passage, John Brown, African American History and Memory, and “Embodied: BlackIdentities in American Art.” His service to African American Studies  includes being Chair (2005-2008), an early DUS (1974-1977), and the first DGS (1978-1981).