DR. ADELE ALLEN
A graduate of Wellesley College (BA in Economics & Political Science, with a Minor in Music ),Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons' Institute of Human Nutrition (M.S. in Human Nutrition), and the American University of the Caribbean (Plymouth, Montserrat - currently in St. Maarten, Dutch West Indies), Dr. Allen has played the piano since the age of five and the organ since the age of 20. She has pursued post-baccalaureate music studies at the New Eng- land Conservatory of Music and the New York School of Liturgical Music. Her private music instructors have been Miss Phyllis Moss (Wellesley College), Dr. David LeVita (Brooklyn Museum musicologist), Mr. Ira Pendler and Mr. Joseph Smith (NY School of Liturgical Music ).
"Dr. Allen will be releasing her newest CD on March 1, 2010 entitled "LIVE from ST. Thomas, USVI: A Tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.". This CD will feature Dr. Allen performing on a Rodgers three-manual electric organ, Professor Austin A. Venzen on flute, Miss Melita Etienne (mezzo-soprano), Dr. Lawrence O. Benjamin (baritone), Mrs. Lorna Freeman-Dennis (soprano) and the Sts. Peter & Paul Cathedral Choir conducted by Mrs. Jo-Sandra Jones James. One of the highlights of that recording is the massive rendition of "Lift Ev'ry Voice & Sing" which was a soul-stirring rendition performed by the entire audience of 300 people. All proceeds from the sales of the CD will be contributed to the Haitian medical relief work of Alfred O. Heath, M.D., FACS, a well-accomplished former Commissioner of Health for the USVI, and Caribbean Commander of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem Knights Hospitalier. Checks for the CDs should be made payable to "HAITI: Help & Hope".
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