Harry T. Burleigh Society

Advancing Burleigh Studies through scholarship and performance


Who We Are.


Lynne Foote, President and Co-Founder

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Dr. Marti Newland, Executive Director and Co-Founder

Dr. Newland’s work intersects black expressive culture, art music, and institutionality, informing her commitment to The Burleigh Society as Executive Director and Co-Founder. Compelled by the endless beauty and lessons of concert spirituals since she was a teenager, she has long been impacted and motivated by Harry T. Burleigh’s life, especially his command in professionalizing concert spirituals.

Newland is proud to be a leader whose strengths in founding organizations leads to their longevity. She brings leadership experience co-founding the Oberlin Conservatory Black Musicians’ Guild (2001) and the New York City Mellon Fellows’ Writing Retreats (2012), both of which are continuously active since their founding. She is a Ford Foundation Fellow, and has won grants from The Mellon Foundations and the Social Science Research Council for her research about African American vocality. Newland shares her artistic and scholarly expertise in African American vocal art music in her work as a choral adjudicator and has offered lecture-recitals at Bard, Brooklyn College, Columbia, Reed, St. Olaf and the Society for American Music.

A chorister in New York City Opera’s production of “Anna Nicole” the Opera Orchestra of New York’s “Roberto Devereux,” she has also been a guest soloist with the Fisk Jubilee Singers, Opera Noire of New York, and Harlem Opera Theater. Her publications and performances include contributions to American Music Review, Current Musicology, and Melodeon. She holds degrees in Music and African American Studies from Oberlin (BA, BM) and Columbia (MA, PhD). Her husband Whitney Slaten and her son Wesley are her most important audience.


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