Meet Our Staff
At Voices of Virtue, we are proud to have some of the most phenomenal and accomplished artists/coaches.
Stephanie has travelled worldwide as a songwriter, composer, arranger, conductor, vocalist, and vocal director, working with prominent artists of various genres. Stephanie, aka “Stephybloom”, has toured and performed as a background vocalist for several R&B and Soul artists such as Tweet, Jill Scott, Leela James, Will I Am, and Deborah Cox. She has also performed with Gospel legends BeBe Winans, Marvin Sapp, Kim Burrell, Edwin Hawkins, world renowned jazz pianist Eric Reed, Grammy award winning jazz vocalist Diane Reeves, and Grammy award winning Gregoire Maret, Harry Connick Jr, and many more. In June 2013, the Hezekiah Walker Azusa Album was released and features a song “Amazing” which was written by Stephanie. That same some was rereleased in 2016 on the WOW Gospel compilation, and annual compilation of the year’s best in gospel music. Stephanie has also worked with legendary producer Barry Eastmond on the recording projects of artist Siedah Garret, and the Grammy award winning Billy Ocean.
Some of her most recent achievements include conductor for world renowned soprano Kathleen Battle at the Metropolitan Opera House as well as for her Kennedy Center performance, a vocalist for Broadway Show Hamilton in the remake of the song “One Last Time” featuring President Barack Obama, and traveled to Malaysia as a vocal instructor for Malaysian pop icon Siti Nurhaliza in February 2019. In January 2019, she was honored to sing “The Star Spangled Banner” at the historical inauguration of Governor Andrew Cuomo, on Ellis Island. In February 2020, Stephanie performed as a background singer and vocal director for the TVONE Urban Honors. Stephanie currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Music at Nyack College.
Chris Ashley Anthony
Chris Ashley Anthony is a classically trained Singer, Actor, and Writer. With 16 years of professional performances under his belt, he has been blessed to have his innate talent stretched and sharpened to a place of great versatility. He has been privileged to perform with great names such as Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle, Kirk Franklin, Erica Campbell, Kanye West & The Zac Brown Band. Coupled with Chris’ passion for performance, is a love for teaching. Chris believes in passing the baton to the next generation, that they are well equipped to achieve the God-given dreams they possess. A strong believer in reciprocity, Chris knows with every great platform he is blessed with, he must give an opportunity for those that are coming behind him to rise. Chris says, “With every generation, we must become greater; we can only do so through the blessing of Mentors and Opportunity.”
Trina Renay is a classical-based singer whose career has spanned 20 years with performances in classical, operatic, pop, jazz and gospel vocal styles. She began her classical vocal studies at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and later obtained her Masters from the Peabody Institute of Music in Baltimore, MD. Upon graduation, she was awarded the George Woodhead Prize for her excellence in sacred music performance. Soon after, she made her debut at Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as a soloist for Bach’s Magnifcat, Bobby McFerrin conducting. After completing her Masters, Ms. Renay was accepted into the Tri-Cities Opera Residency Program in Binghamton, New York. During her residency, she performed 8 leading roles such as Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, Gilda in Rigoletto, Marie in La Fille du Regiment, Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor and Juliette in Romeo et Juliette. Ms. Renay left Tri-Cities Opera to join the Young Artist Program at Cincinnati Opera where she had the honor of being a part of the debut of Margaret Garner with Denyce Graves. Ms. Renay has also performed with Union Avenue Opera and Connecticut Lyric Opera, working with renown conductors such as Steven Crawford of the Metropolitan Opera and African American conductor Willie Anthony Waters. Additionally, she was a part of the chorus for Kathleen Battle in the Underground Railroad concert at the Metropolitan Opera in 2015.
Guest Instructor, Janinah Burnett
World renowned soprano Janinah Burnett is a singing phenomenon and one of the most influential singers of her generation. Sought for her timeless and refined vocal quality as well as her versatility, Janinah is one of the few singers to perform roles on both Broadway and the Metropolitan Opera stage.
Raised in jazz music, gave way to a desire to willingly serve her artistic muse and study jazz music at Spelman College. However during her time at Spelman, Janinah chose to take the path toward classical music and continued her studies in vocal performance and literature at the Eastman School of Music where she received a Masters Degree in Music.
Directly following graduation from Eastman, Janinah thrilled audiences as “Mimí” in Baz Lurhmann’s La Boheme on Broadway in San Francisco, New York, and Lost Angeles which led to her winning the LA Theater Alliance’s Ovation Award. Shortly thereafter, Janinah’s brilliant technique and exceptional character interpretations led to her join the Metropolitan Opera for their productions of Carmen and La Bohème, and has since returned for Parsifal, Le Nozze di Figaro, La Rondine, The Enchanted Island, Iphigénie en Tauride, Elektra, and Manon.
Janinah made her MET debut as Bianca in La Rondine. In addition to her work at the MET, Janinah has performed extensively performing as Bess in Porgy and Bess, Violetta in La Traviata, Donna Anna and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Norina in Don Pasquale, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Marguerite in Faust, Leïla in Les Pecheurs de Perles, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and Micaëla in Carmen (to name a few) in over 25 international and domestic cites.
Guest Instructor, Dr. Tiffany Jackson
Dr. Tiffany Renée Jackson is a groundbreaking, highly recognized classical and jazz singer, body builder, nutrition specialist and vocal pedagogue. She was raised in New Haven, CT where she attended the Educational Center for the Arts before earning her Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan, Master of Music and Artist Diploma from Yale University, Professional Studies Degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Doctoral of Musical Arts from the University of Connecticut.
Dr. Tiffany Renee Jackson has an extensive, lauded singing career, spanning both classical and jazz. In the classical arena, after honing her craft with the Houston Grand Opera Studio, she sang with orchestras and symphonies around the world in Norway, Slovenia, Germany, and others as part of her Metropolitan Opera Study Grant and has been a featured soloist with many Symphony Orchestras including National Philharmonic Orchestra, Gotham City Orchestra, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Greater Bridgeport Symphony and many others. She sings in premier festivals such as Tanglewood, Ravinia and Aspen Music Festivals and in many of the worlds top venues including Carnegie Hall, making her debut in 2005. In addition, she has worked with and appeared with many internationally recognized artists. In the jazz world, Dr. Jackson is known for her interpretations of the music of Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington. She has appeared at the Blue Note NYC and Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Dr. Jackson can be heard on recordings with Emmy Award winning pianist, composer and educator, Dr. Rex Cadwallader. Upcoming performances including a concert with the New Haven Symphony Pops Orchestra.
In addition to an illustrious career as a singer, Dr. Jackson has taken on other unexpected journeys that have come together to lead her to her current life work. In 2003, she was chosen to accompany Oprah Winfrey to South Africa where she met Nelson Mandela at the World Aids Day Concert in Cape Town. As a teacher, she has taught in several private schools including Greens Farms Academy and Choate Rosemary Hall where she is currently a voice instructor.
Dr. Jackson to create a one woman show, “From the Hood to the Ivy League” and establish a nonprofit organization, “Gift-Purpose-Passion Project Inc” that helps students recognize their gifts, discover their purpose and develop their passion. In addition, through her non-profit, this project will endeavor to provide resources to gifted musicians in underrepresented communities.
Voices of Virtue, Inc. Founder and Ensemble
Rachel Harrison Blackburn
Rachel's passion for youth, Music education and leadership has led her down the path of entrepreneurial endeavors. Voices of Virtue, Incorporated, founded in 2011, was designed to enable underserved youth an opportunity to obtain the necessary resources and education to pursue music careers and performance endeavors. She has served in Hempstead Public Schools for over 20 years as the High School Choral Director and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Central State University, a Master’s in Music in Higher Learning from New York University and an MBA with a concentration in Marketing from Hult International Business School.
As an accomplished Music Educator, her performance groups have earned International recognition having performed in Vienna, Austria, and winning two International Choral Competitions in Verona, Italy and Prague, Czech Republic. The choirs have also had the privilege to perform in prestigious performance halls such as New York City’s, Carnegie Hall and David Geffen Hall. Under her direction, Voices of Virtue Ensemble has also taken their program, "Our Heritage, Our Music" on 3 tours, having performed in San Juan,Puerto Rico, Philadelphia, PA, Washington D.C., Warren, Ohio, Xenia, OH, and Atlanta, GA.
Rachel made her choral conducting debut at the Metropolitan Opera, conducting The Voices of the Underground Railroad choir for Kathleen Battle’s Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey performance. As current Choral Manager for this program, she has had the pleasure to serve in additional performances as Conductor at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford , CT, and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, MO.
Established in 2010, this ensemble of singers have won two International Choral Competitions in Verona, Italy and Prague Czech Republic. They have also performed at choral festivals in Vienna, Austria and San Juan, Puerto Rico. These singers have had the pleasure to perform the “Our Heritage, Our Music” program in performance halls, churches, and schools throughout the United States. It is their mission to share and preserve the body of music composed and arranged by African-Americans as well as music reflective of the great choral tradition. This mission serves as the foundation to the motto, “Making Music Makes a Difference.” VOV members understand and believe in the power of music and the importance of musical study. Their goal is to musically empower and support young artists so they may use music as a vehicle to impact the community, nation, and the world, one day at a time.
Our Heritage, Our Music
In February 2014, Voices of Virtue, Incorporated launched, “Our Heritage, Our Music”. This is a special full-length concert celebrating and preserving great choral works. While this program is a broad span of choral music ranging from English Madrigals to Negro-Spirituals, a major component is a segment honoring the choral works of African-American composers and arrangers. “Our Heritage, Our Music” is available for booking; please submit request below for all inquiries.
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