Five years after Fisk University was founded, George L. White created a nine-member choral ensemble of students and took it on tour to earn money for the University. They were immediately popular and toured around the country and the world.
The Fisk University Jubilee Singers performed negro spirituals that had been transcribed to be more technical and layered, a reflection of popular Western classical music at the time. This tradition gave rise to the jubilee quartet tradition.
The Fisk Jubilee Singers are still performing today.