Music in the Black Church Guest Performers

Barry Lawrence

Barry Lawrence, a native of Louisville, KY, is the Chairperson of the Vocal Music Division of the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts.  Mr. Lawrence, a baritone, a 3-time winner of the Kentucky District Metropolitan Opera Auditions, pursues an MM in Vocal Performance at Indiana University School of Music where he studied with the famed bass, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, and the much-acclaimed soprano Virginia Zeani. 

In addition to his Metropolitan Opera Auditions victories, Mr. Lawrence was the recipient of the Giuseppe Taddei Award at the Francesco Paola Neglia International Voice Competition (Italy), a finalist in the Meistersinger Competition (Austria), and a winner in both the Marseilles Competition (France) and the Rome Baroque Music Competition.  As a result of his success in these competitions, Mr. Lawrence has toured Europe in the title role of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.

A founding member of the Black Classical Artists of Louisville, Mr. Lawrence, performs a wide range of operatic roles including the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and principle baritone roles in  Leoncavallo’s  I Pagliacci, Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and  Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors.

Mr. Lawrence will appear at the October 9 session of Music in the Black Church.








The Bellarmine University Handbell Quartet, under the direction of Dr. Alexander T. Simpson Jr., Associate Professor of Music at Bellarmine, is an auditioned ensemble chosen from members of the larger Bellarmine Handbell Ensemble.

The Quartet has appeared in concert and has rung in churches throughout Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. The Quartet has performed for the Southern Regional Conference of the National Association of Negro Musicians, the national Convention of the Pastoral Musician’s Association and made its debut at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC in May of 2012.

The members of the 2012-2013 BU Quartet are Nicholas Hosono, Nancy Mok, Bobby Murphy, and Tina Schnarr.

The Bellarmine Handbell Ensemble will appear at the October 16 session of Music in The Black Church.


Phillip Morga


Baritone Phillip Morgan, is a native of Henderson, Kentucky.  An alumnus of the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts 2004 Vocal Music Program, Mr. Morgan is a student at the University of Louisville where he studies with noted tenor, Daniel Weeks. At the University, Mr. Morgan has been featured in the role of Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen and as Betto in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.  In addition to his past performances with the Opera Theatre of the University of Louisville, Mr. Morgan has been a featured artist with the Kentucky Opera (singing the baritone lead in the company’s touring production of Oh, Freedom) and has presented numerous, highly-regarded solo recitals in the Bellarmine University’s “Why Just In February?” Concert Series.

Mr. Morgan was the 2010 Collegiate Division winner of the Bellarmine Chorale’s Black History Month Festival of Music’s Traditional Negro Spiritual Vocal Competition sponsored by the Chorale and the Kentuckiana Branch of the National Association of Negro Musicians.

Mr. Morgan, the Music Director at Central Presbyterian Church, is the choral accompanist for the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts!

Mr. Morgan will appear at the October 23 session of Music in the Black Church.







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