It is almost time for the 96th Annual Convention of NANM!

The 96th Annual Convention of the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. begins Sunday, July 19 with the opening Mass Meeting at Shiloh Baptist Church, located in Washington, D.C. at 9th and P Street NW at 3:00pm. The program will feature the Shiloh Choir, The Artist Group Chorale of Washington, Washington Women's Chorale, Mt. Carmel Baptist Choir and talent representing the various regions of the organization. Approaching its 5th year, the Ben Holt Memorial Branch of NANM serves as the convention's host chapter. Currently under the leadership of President Kelvin Page, the branch was named after Metropolitan Opera baritone Ben Holt. A special highlight at the convention will be the unveiling of the new book "Ben Holt: Apostle of Musical Enlightenment" as told by his mother, Mayme Wilkins-Holt, to Nevilla E. Ottley.

Below are some event highlights.

Monday, July 20, 2015, 7:30pm. GALA CONCERT - featuring Leon Bates, Richard Smallwood, Pianists, Asha Lindsey, Kenneth Kellogg and Kevin Short , International Opera Stars, accompanied by Cliff Jackson and hosted by legendary soprano Martina Arroyo, venue NCCC, 14th and Thomas Circle, NW. Tickets are $40.00

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 8:00pm D.C. ARTISTS NIGHT

Featuring outstanding artists of Washington D.C. featuring -Dr. Raymond Jackson, Yvonne Huntley, Rosemarie Jones, Karen Marie-Egypt, Latonya Wrenn, Pianists. Angeli Jemilda Ferrette, soprano, Antonio Chase, tenor, Ceylon Mitchell II, flute Excerpts from the Life and Struggles of Nelson Mandela by Karen Michele Walwyn with the Artist Group Chorale, Washington Women's Chorale and Mt. Carmel Baptist Combined Choirs Leona Lowery, Kelvin Page, Director's William Jones, Accompanist

The Sheraton Hotel 8777 Georgia Avenue Silver Spring Maryland. Tickets are $20.00

In addition, various workshops will be held at the conference hotel beginning Monday, July 20th-23rd $10.00 per session. Offerings include

Master Classes with Richard C Alston, Leon Bates and Karen Walwyn

Vocal Master Classes with Martina Arroyo

Robert Sims Collegiate afternoon Concerts of Instrumental and Vocal music.

Daniel Washington, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, coordinator

The Youth Division Orchestra Concert

YOUTH Leadership workshop with Terrence Bradford Tarver of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Gospel Improvisations Workshop with Byron J Smith Junior Choir in a Flash Concert featuring Children's Choir of Ben Holt Memorial Branch, Linda Campbell, Director, Ariel Elizabeth Shelton, Youth Orchestra Nevilla E. Ottley School of Music Youth Choir!