DR. RAYMOND WISE
Raymond Wise serves as Professor of Practice, African American African Diaspora Studies Department, the Associate Director of the African American Arts Institute and Director of the African American Choral Ensemble at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. He earned Ph.D. and M.A. in Music Education from The Ohio State University (2002, 1996) and a B.F.A. in Music from Denison University, Granville, Ohio (1983). Studied in Opera, Art, and German at the Institute for European Studies in Vienna, Austria (1982) and African-American History, Music, and Dance at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, California (1983).
Raymond's research and teaching interests includes the history and performance of African American Gospel and Sacred music. He is an ordained minster and regularly serves as a singer, pianist, composer, director, conductor, lecturer, and teacher for orchestras, opera companies, churches and choral festivals throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia.
Returning favourite, Nicole is a graduate from Humber College with a diploma in Jazz Studies where she honed her skills by studying with great instructors such as Trish Colter, Pat Labarbara, Denny Christianson, Shelly Berger and Don Thompson. She graduated in 1998 from Humber College and quickly started to use her God given gift becoming a sought after studio musician. Nicole was a principal soloist with the Juno-awarding winning Toronto Mass Choir for over 10 years, being featured on many of their gospel recordings.
Nicole has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Joe Hendricks, Alvin Slaughter and Shelly Berger and many other seasoned artists. Nicole was also on the inaugural television season of Canadian Idol, making it to the top 30.
Nicole has now opened her own music school called Nikki’s School of Music and is happy to share with others her unique vantage point of being not only an experienced singer, but also a seasoned gospel music artist/instructor. She also works at Humber College directing and teaching their Gospel choir ensemble! For over 20 years, Nicole has been using her gifts from the Lord on piano and voice to bless thousands.
Jasmine Jones began her musical journey singing with her church choir, which she later came to play the drums for. Her love of music came from singing and dancing to Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and spanned all the way over to music from her Caribbean background. Rhythm was an influential part of how she enjoyed music.
Playing drums for over 22 years, Jasmine is now the drummer for the dynamic worship band, For The Master. She co leads the music Department at Kingdom House Christian Centre in Brampton. She is also a member of the Toronto Raptors 6ixStix group, that performs on their home court and various events. Jasmine was a drummer with the Juno Award winning Toronto Mass Choir for 8 years. She toured internationally with this choir, led workshops, and recorded on The Live Experience CD.
Jasmine is passionate about music education as well. She is a graduate of the Humber College music program, and has been teaching drums for over 13 years at Kaos Music in Toronto.
A solid foundation in any band, Tim Ball had emerged as one of Toronto’s most beloved and respected bass players. With firm dedication to making every song the most it can be, Tim helps deliver a cutting-edge sound that is not only fun to listen to, but also inspiring. In his 18 years on bass, Tim has played and recorded for many of Toronto’s well-known gospel and R&B artists such as Toronto Mass Choir, York University Gospel Choir, Toya Alexis, Kim Davis, Aileen Lombardo, Mark Masri, and Echoes of Praise. Also, an emerging producer and prolific songwriter, Tim heads the dynamic award nominated worship group, “For The Master”. “Tim is also the music director for the Kingdom House, located in Brampton, ON.
Joy Brown is a performer/arranger/producer/teacher/choir director. She has worked with well-known artists such as Mark Masri, Kevin Pauls, Hilario Duran, Shelly Berger, Michael Burgess, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale and the Juno-Award Winning Toronto Mass Choir. She has toured as a music director, bandleader, and piano soloist throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, Central America, and the West Indies.
A graduate of McMaster University with a B.Sc. in Nursing, Joy also has a B.A. from Waterloo University with a music specialty in piano. She is a Humber College Graduate in Jazz and Commercial Music for which she won the prestigious Board of Governor’s Achievement Award. Ever multi-talented, Joy is also an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music with an ARCT in Piano Performance.
Joy is happily married to Delroy and is the proud mom of Julian, Bryden, and ‘Princess’ Sara.