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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jubilee Quartet Review – Kendall Jones

Jubilee ensembles became increasingly popular during the 1800s. Quartet meaning a group of 4, typically singing in four-part harmony rose out of the trials and tribulations of slavery. Negro spirituals were used during these times of pain but were soon transformed into melodies to help fight for future rights. Ensembles like the Golden Gate Quartet […]

Jubilee Quartets

Back entrance to the Spotlight: Jubilee Quartets Orgin Jubilee Quartets first began popping up the 1800’s. A Jubilee Quartet usually consist of four voices singing in 4 part harmony. Fisk University was established in 1866. The Fisk Jubilee Singers, which housed two quartets started touring in 1871. They were brought together in an attempt to […]