Celebrating the Negro Spiritual

The American Spiritual Ensemble is a critically-acclaimed professional group composed of some of the finest singers in the classical music world. The vocalists have thrilled audiences around the world with their dynamic renditions of classic spirituals and Broadway numbers.


American Spiritual Ensemble Tour 2016

Catch the American Spiritual Ensemble live in concert at a venue near you.

Thursday, January 7, 2016
Carolina Theater of Durham - Info/Tickets
Durham, NC

Saturday, January 9, 2016
Sixth & I Synagogue - Info/Tickets
Washington, DC

Saturday, January 16, 2016
French Institute Alliance Française, Florence Gould Hall - Info/Tickets
New York, NY

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Palma de Mallorca Auditorium
Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Palau de la Musica
Valencia, Spain

Sunday, April 3, 2016
St. Gregory's Episcopal Church - Info/Tickets
Boca Raton, FL

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Concordia College - Info/Tickets
Moorhead, MN

Thursday, April 7, 2016
Luther College - Info/Tickets
Decorah, IA

Sunday, April 10, 2016
Minnesota Public Radio Concert - Info/Tickets

Monday, April 11, 2016
Bethel University
St. Paul, MN

Kathleen Battle and the American Spiritual Ensemble
Saturday, April 16, 2016
EKU Center for the Arts - Info/Tickets
Richmond, KY

Sunday, April 17, 2016
The Carson Center - Info/Tickets
Paducah, KY

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Tennessee Tech University - Info/Tickets
Cookeville, TN

Monday, April 25, 2016
First Presbyterian Church - Info/Tickets
Lexington, KY



The American Spiritual Ensemble is seeking classically trained singers for their upcoming Winter Tour. All voice parts are invited to audition. We are looking for versatile performers who are adept at singing Negro Spirituals as well as other styles that highlight the Black Experience.

Audition Location:
Shetler Studios
1244 West 54th Street, Penthouse #4 (Between Broadway and 8th Ave)
New York, NY 10019

Dates and Times:
Friday, October 23, 2015
1:00PM - 5:00PM
7:00PM - 9:00PM

Sunday, October 25, 2015
1:00PM - 4:00PM
6:00PM - 8:30PM

Rehearsal and Tour Dates:
January 1-20; March 11-24; April 1-26; Summer and Fall Date being added.

Audition Requirements:
4 pieces including at least 2 Spirituals. Other selections may include Art Songs, Oratorio, Musical Theater selections or Arias.

Audition Materials:
Please bring sheet music, resume and head shot.

An accompanist will be provided, however, you can bring your own if you like.

To arrange an audition time, please contact Kenneth Overton at AmericanSpiritualEnsemble@aol.com.

We are looking forward to hearing you. Divider

New CDs Released!

The American Spiritual Ensemble announces the release of two new CDs by American Spiritual Ensemble members, Hope Koehler and Kenneth Overton. Pick them up from our online store.


ASE in Ireland

The American Spiritual Ensemble has returned from Ireland where they were part of Ireland's celebration of the 50th Anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's visit to the country. Check out articles and photos from the trip:

Download the Program for the JFK 50 Homecoming event

Photo of ASE JFK 50 Homecoming event

The Power Of Music Connects Ireland, JFK, And Dr. Everett McCorvey

'The Emigrant Flame' from graveside of John F Kennedy en route to New Ross town

'His eternal flame has landed on our shores, let's bring John Kennedy home'


About The American Spiritual Ensemble

Tenor Dr. Everett McCorvey founded the group in 1995, and many of its members have performed in such venues as the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Boston Opera and the Atlanta Civic Opera. They have also performed abroad in England, Germany, Italy, Japan, Scotland, and Spain.

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CD: The Spirit of the Holidays

ASE proudly announces the release of its newest CD, The Spirit of the Holidays, a collection of 18 classic holiday songs. Listen to tracks and purchase this CD in the ASE Store.


The Spirituals

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posted 3/15/10

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posted 2/1/10

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posted 1/28/10

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posted 2/10/09

'Our Lincoln' shows off Kentucky in Washington
posted 2/4/09

'Our Lincoln' performance photos in Washington
posted 2/3/09

New voices added and bios updated
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2006 Tour in Spain Photo Slide Show
posted 9/12/06

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Ol' Time Religion: On Tour

Enjoy an educational and inspirational 12-minute video about the history of the American Negro Spiritual and our group!

Documentary Features ASE

The American Spiritual Ensemble are the stars of the soon-to-be released PBS documentary recounting the history of the art form.