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Bayard Rustin, half-length portrait, facing front, microphones in foreground
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection.

Before the freedom riders and Martin Luther King Jr., there was Bayard Rustin, a gay African American Quaker and civil rights activist. Rustin taught King Ghandian non-violence and was the major organizer for the 1963 March on Washington.  Rustin once stated that if we want peace and social justice, “We need in every community a group of angelic troublemakers.”

Cincinnati Composer and long-time Choral director Steve Milloy found his role model late in his life.

Acclaimed vocalist Melanie DeMore will be joining the World House Choir for a series of concerts called "Together We Bring On The Light." DeMore joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota and World House Choir director Dr. Cathy Roma live in the studio on Excursions for a preview.

The World House Choir and Melanie DeMore will perform on September 8 & 9 at Antioch's Foundry Theater and on September 10 at Wayman Chapel AME Church in Dayton. More information below.

Carl Van Vechten / via the Library of Congress

World House Choir director Dr. Cathy Roma returns to the WYSO studios joined by Antioch College professor Dr. Kevin McGruder to talk about an upcoming series of collaborative events commemorating Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. 

UBUNTU Men's Chorus Presents Begin to Love

Jul 26, 2016
UBUNTU Men's Chorus

This week, Niki Dakota talks with Cathy Roma, director of the UBUNTU Men’s Chorus at the London Correctional Institution. UBUNTU’s first album, Begin to Love, was released last month.

Ubuntu is a Zulu word that, according to Roma, means “I am who I am in community—I exist in relationship.” The men in the choir, she says, “Want to be there for each other and learn about the world through each other.”

Dr. Cathy Roma returned to the WYSO studios to talk with Music Director Niki Dakota for an update on her various choir projects including her latest project, a collaborative recording of the song Black Lives Matter.

There will be a listening and viewing party for the song and music video of Black Lives Matter on February 24th at the Emporium in Yellow Springs and on Thursday, March 3rd at Third Perk in Dayton.

World House Choir To Perform Mass for Mother Earth

Sep 9, 2015
Dorothy Smith

What happens when a choir director and 100 singers focus on climate change? This weekend, the World House Choir will present Missa Gaia: A Celebration of Mother Earth by Paul Winter. The music is both meditative and a call to action.

As the World House Choir prepares for its performance of Paul Winter's Missa Gaia, director Dr. Cathy Roma joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota in the studio for a conversation about the piece.

The World House Choir will perform Missa Gaia September 11-13th.