Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is pleased to announce that it will bestow National Honorary Membership upon distinguished composer-arranger and conductor Roland M. Carter, Beta Epsilon (New York Univ.) ’65, during the 2006 National Convention. Carter is the current President of the National Association of Negro Musicians, and his arrangement of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” is the NAACP’s official arrangement and the one most often used to present this anthem in formal settings.
Carter currently holds the position of Ruth S. Holmerg UC Foundation Professor of Music at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Carter served as Head of the Cadek Department of Music and Conservatory for six years (1989-1995). Prior to returning to his hometown to accept this assignment, he chaired the department of music at Hampton (Institute) University and served as director of its internationally acclaimed choirs for nearly a quarter century.
Carter’s list of presentations during the past thirty years is impressive. It includes concerts in the nation’s most prestigious venues and with major orchestras; lectures, workshops, master classes, and festivals for schools, churches, colleges, and universities throughout the country. His compositions and arrangements are performed by music organizations throughout the world. Carter has produced and appeared on programs for national and international radio and television. He is in constant demand as guest conductor and lecturer and maintains a very active schedule of workshops and performances.
Carter’s attainments are well documented. Critics throughout the world have hailed his excellence in the choral arts, and he has received numerous awards and honors for his outstanding achievements in choral music. For his notable contributions to the performance and preservation of African American music, Carter’s biography and list of compositions are included in “Our Musical Heritage,” a catalog published jointly by Carl Fischer Music and the National Association of Negro Musicians. He has received national awards from, and has been recognized by the National Association of Negro Musicians and the National Black Music Caucus. He was selected to conduct the inaugural concert of the African American Music Series at Carnegie Hall. In review of that performance, New York Times critic Allan Konzinn wrote that the Choir conducted by Carter “…produced a rich, warm sound and gave irresistibly vibrant performances.”
A life member of the National Association of Negro Musicians, Carter has served on its Board of Directors and as Chair of the Committee on Choral Standards. He is also a life member of the American Choral Directors Association. Other affiliations include Music Educators National Conference, the Music Teachers National Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Carter has served as a member and co-chair of the NEA Music Advisory Panel for Choruses. He sits on several community boards and committees including the Chattanooga African American Museum and the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Association. Carter is Music Director of the Chattanooga Choral Society for the Preservation of African American Songs (CCSPAAS), Choirmaster-Organist for the First Baptist Church (East Eighth Street, Chattanooga) and Music director for the Hampton University Ministers Conference.
He is founder and CEO of MAR-VEL, a publisher specializing in music by African American composers and traditions.