African American Arts Institute

Performing Ensembles

IU Soul Revue

Directed by James Strong

Established in 1971, the IU Soul Revue performs post-World War II Black popular music, from timeless R&B, soul, and funk to hip hop and other contemporary music styles. The ensemble includes vocals, horns, and rhythm sections. Learn more about Soul Revue

African American Dance Company

Directed by Stafford Berry

The African American Dance Company shares dance of the American and African diaspora including African styles, contemporary, jazz, and other cultural forms. Learn more about Dance Company

African American Choral Ensemble

Directed by Raymond Wise

The African American Choral Ensemble features a broad repertoire of African American choral music including spirituals, Gospel, and formally composed works. Learn more about Choral Ensemble

1974Year the AAAI was founded at IU Bloomington making it the first and only credit-bearing program dedicated to Black performing arts

10,000+Audience and community members reached annually through performances, workshops, panel discussions, and lecture demonstrations

Raymond Wise, African American Choral Ensemble Director

As a singer, dancer, pianist, composer, choral director, lecturer, and teacher, Raymond Wise regularly serves for orchestras, opera companies, and choral festivals throughout the nation and abroad. Wise has penned more than 600 compositions. Read Wise's full bio here.

A taste of soul

The IU Soul Revue is famous for dynamic performances of R&B, soul, funk, and contemporary Black popular music.

Storytelling in motion

The African American Dance Company celebrates Black bodies and stories through dance of the African diaspora.

Inspiring audiences around the world

The African American Choral Ensemble is known for moving audiences through powerful songs that speak to the soul and spirit of the Black and human experience.

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