Each November, the Branch memorializes members, current or former national officers, and musicians of national and inter-national repute.
This service also allows individuals to remember deceased family, friends, teachers and loved ones by listing their names in the memorial program.
The next memorial program is scheduled will be held November 2014.
More information, including the location, will be on this site.
Each February, during black history month, the branch produces a program. that dis-plays the talents of vocalists, choral groups, orators, dancers,and instrumentalists.
This program always includes information about the origin of spirituals, other genres like the blues, jazz, Latin rhythms and music forms that arose during the past 150 years and have roots in Africa and black Americans' experiences as slaves and oppressed free people.
Download a copy of the 2013 Spiritual Program
Music Education & Scholarships
We are passionate about the work we do. Over the last 51 years, the Georgia Laster Branch of NANM has provided financial support and opportunities to perform to hundreds of students in Southern California.
Our annual competitions are held in May each year. The scholarship committee led by Dorothy Jackson-Hayes spends the months prior to this, searching for and auditioning new applicants by canvassing schools and music teachers. Students 13 through 18 years of age can participate. .
Instrumental and vocal performances in classical, jazz, and music theater are included.
Applications can be requested through this site or by calling Mrs. Gloria Lindsay, co-chair or Mrs. Jackson-Hayes. An in-person audition or a video of the student performing is required before an application can be submitted. The current application fee is $20.00 but is subject to change.
Music students between the ages of 18 and 30 are eligible to compete in our national scholarship program.