The Jubilee Quartet: A Male-Dominated Musical Genre

The Jubilee Quartet: A Male-Dominated Musical Genre by Lila Gilliam The Jubilee Quartet was birthed after the prevalence of Negro Spirituals being performed on collegiate and commercial levels. Jubilee was a popular genre throughout the late 1800s up until the 1960s, combining black and white musical practices including spirituals and folk. The general construction of […]

The Influence of HBCUs on Spirituals

The Influence of HBCUs on Spirituals What are negro spirituals? Negro spirituals are one of the earliest forms of African American music. It was a genre created and transmitted via the oral tradition that was “divinely inspired” and would also record enslaved Black people’s experiences throughout their days. These songs and the performances of these […]

Jubilee Quartets Transformation of Negro Spirituals

Jubilee Quartets Transformation of Negro Spirituals By MacKenzie Fox Jubilee Quartets Impact on Negro Spirituals Jubilee Quartets helped to transform negro spirituals into gospel during its transitional period. Quartets first began in the 1800’s with 3 different periods, Jubilee (1880-1929), Transitional (1930-1945) and Gospel (1946-1949). Gospel quartets consisted of a group singing updated versions of […]

The Revitalization of Music Through the Jubilee Quartets

In The Beginning Music began as a mode of communication and self-expression and as time continues to progress, it becomes a more revitalized form of art. The Fisk Jubilee Singers is a choir that originated at Fisk University which went on to perform melodies at varieties of venues in the United States as well as […]

Opening Doors and Creating Spaces, How The Fisk Jubilee Started A Movement

By: Gabrielle Weeden What is A Jubilee Quartet The term “Jubilee” comes from the biblical phrase “Year of the Jubilee,” in which African Americans who had been slaves were set “free.” Jubilee quartets date from the mid-nineteenth century and are a hybrid of European quartet singing and African American singing. The jubilee genre arose from […]

Can Jubilee It?

Can Jubileeve It? Thesis Jubliee quartets are an important part of African-American music because they broke barriers and created space for African-American artists to compete with their white counterparts. About A jubilee quartet is a group of four singers that create arrangements for negro spirituals. The first jubilee quartet was the Tuskegee Quartet. Ella Sheppard, […]

The First Fisk Jubilee Group of Many..

The First Fisk Jubilee Singers: The Impact on the World The Fisk Jubilee Singers were an African American group formed by students attending Fisk University in 1871. In the beginning the sole purpose of organizing this group was to raise funds for the college through singing traditional spirituals but also some songs by Stephen Foster. […]

The Rise of Jubilee Quartets

The Rise of Jubilee Quartets The Jubilee Quartets consist of three separate time periods: the Jubilee Period (1880-1929), the Transitional Period (1930-1945), and the Gospel Period (1946-1969). Each of these time periods consist of very distinct, yet important sounds and artists that went on to shape generations of African American music that we still […]

How it Began: University Jubilee Quartets

Jubilee Background Jubilee is a biblical term that nearly means to shout with joy and Black people did just that, which brought to us Jubilee singing. Jubilee singing started in neighborhoods, churches, barbershops, and historically Black colleges and universities. In a typical manner, something that started small and I’m sure a hobby became main acts […]

Jubilee Quartets

Jubilee Quartets What is Jubilee singing? The word jubilee was derived  from the bible where its latin definition most nearly meant “to shout with joy”. Black people adopted this definition most literally, and adopted a genre of music called jubilee singing. Jubilee started in only Black communities such as churches and historically black colleges and […]

History of The Negro Spiritual: The Fisk Jubilee Singers

Fisk Jubilee Singers The Fisk Jubilee Singers are students and singers at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, who sing and travel all over the world. The original Fisk Jubilee Singers introduced “slave songs” to the world in the late 1800s and were extremely influential in maintaining this different African American musical tradition we know […]

The Impact of “The Fisk Jubilee Singers”

Who are the Fisk Jubilee Singers? The Fisk Jubilee Singers are a influential musical group that has impacted the way we view Negro Spiritual music to this day. Founded in 1871 at Fisk university in Nashville, Tennessee the groups sole purpose was to raise money for the school. After facing financial crisis George L. White, […]

From the Cotton Field to Concert Halls

FROM THE COTTON FIELD TO CONCERT HALLS Negro Spirituals originated from the hymns and somber melodies sung by enslaved people working on plantations as religious music to express Christian religious values and trials. European missionaries introduced hymns and psalms to enslaved people, but African Americans combined their roots of West and Central Africa with their […]

Fisk Forever: The History and Legacy of Arranged Spirituals

Fisk Forever: The History and Legacy of Arranged Spirituals The Fisk Jubilee singers were the forefront for the creation of HBCU choruses by being the first to present an arranged style of music. Fisk University is an institution that was founded in 1866 for newly freed African-American people. The University faced financial hardship shortly after […]