The New York African Chorus Ensemble Inc (NYACE Inc) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2004 by Joyce Adewumi; an accomplished singer, choreographer, scholar, and educator with a culminate ten years experience teaching at various Nigerian Universities. Joyce Adewumi has studied and worked with many leading African composers. Her resourcefulness is further enhanced by her affiliation with many leading creators, performers and scholars in the areas of African performing, visual, and plastic arts, religion, and education. Ms. Adewumi’s life long aspirations are to promote greater peace and understanding between African people and the World, and to assist the less privileged in society.
Much more than a singing group, NYACE is also a presenter of conferences, workshops, seminars and festivals that provide a forum for an international sharing and exchange of ideas and opportunities so that negative stereotypes that may lead to discrimination and/or violence are eradicated.
New York African Chorus Ensemble is the recipient of the prestigious International Communications Association’s 2011 World Harmony Award for organizing the international conference and festival, “Dialogue: Africa Meets North America in Harlem,” to mark the United Nations’ 2011 International Year of People of Africa Descent; the 2012 Blue Heart Award from Berlin, Germany, for organizing the Celebrate Diversity Celebrate You Multicultural Festival ( now called NYC Multicultural Festival); a 2013 Congressional Proclamation from the United States House of Congress given by Congressman Charles Rangel, and a 2014 Citation from Council Member Mark Levine.
Programs and activities are open to all people, regardless of age, race, ethnic, or religious background. Performing membership is strictly by auditions. Non-performing membership also exists for persons interested in joining our growing number of volunteers, patrons, and friends. We bring people together. In keeping with our mission, the ensemble consists of dedicated multiracial, and multicultural performers who demonstrate that the power of music can and does transcend all racial, ethnic, and religious barriers. In addition, our audiences are as culturally diverse as our performers.
The mission of the New York African Chorus Ensemble is to preserve and promote native African art forms that serve as a continuum to the historical and classical traditions of Africa through performances, publications, research, and training in order to facilitate greater understanding and peaceful coexistence between the people of Africa and the World. Other purposes include providing a conducive venue for an international sharing and exchange of ideas and opportunities for the underserved to take part in or view high quality performances. We Extend the Arts to Underserved Communities
We provide quality entertainment to the physically, mentally and financially challenged. NYACE shares the intrinsic healing properties of African music with all people. Every performance is a celebration of life. The company literally transforms every concert arena into a vibrant African village and incorporates the audience in the dancing and singing. We also use the arts to economically empower our community.