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Fort Worth Opera Chorus


Meet Moses Hogan

Moses Hogan

Moses George Hogan was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 13, 1957, and manifested his musical talent at a young age. As a boy, he anticipated the sound of church bells and guided his uncle Edwin Hogan’s choir by waving his hands as they sang. He was a graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio and he also studied at New York’s Juilliard School of Music and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Throughout his life, he created a number of new original arrangements of classic spirituals, formed several celebrated choirs such as the Moses Hogan Singers and the Moses Hogan Chorale, and served as editor of the Oxford Book of Spirituals. 

Hogan is still considered the world’s greatest arranger of spiritual music, and he wrote over 70 unique and influential choral pieces until his death in 2003 at the age of 45. His contemporary settings of spirituals, original compositions, and other works have been admired by audiences and commended by critics worldwide. Today, his arrangements are still being used as the foundation for high school, college and university choirs across the United States.

Meet the Artistic Team

Artistic Team
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Music Director

Alfrelynn is a versatile performer, choral director, and vocal coach whose work includes stage, television and film. Since 2019, she has been the Chorus Master for Fort Worth Opera and concluded her first season to rave reviews for the choruses in Hansel & Gretel, the Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess, and the world premiere of Rachel Peters’ Companionship. She has served as the Artistic Director for the South Dallas Concert Choir for the last four seasons and conducted the choir for AT&T Performing Arts' production of the Underground Railroad featuring Kathleen Battle. Ms. Roberts is also the vocal and choral coach for five high schools in Dallas ISD. 

Alfrelynn has performed for Opera Grand Rapids, Michigan Opera Theater, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, as well as Prather Entertainment Group, What a Do, Farmer's Alley and Kalamazoo Civic Theaters. She was the featured soloist at the first inauguration of President Bill Clinton and a commencement address featuring President Barack Obama.

"Singing with Moses Hogan was truly a highlight of my career. When I first performed His Light Still Shines with the Moses Hogan Singers, I was gripped by a text that challenged the decency of a just America…concepts poignant then and definitely now. Moses reminded us about the tenets of a decent society through his glorious work. In our new digital world, the Fort Worth Opera Chorus ably lends their talent to this amazing project…‘singing’ life into this changing world!"

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Charlene Lotz has been an active performer since her debut solo recital at the Fourth Bela Bartok International Piano Festival in Lima, Peru at the age of 14. She has played both solo recitals and concerto performances in the United States, South America, and Europe, and is highly sought-after as a collaborator. In 2019, Charlene was awarded a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Texas Christian University, studying with John Owings.

Meet the Narrators

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Sheran Goodspeed Keyton

Manager of Education and Community Engagement | FWO

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Joe Illick

Artistic Director | FWO

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Kenj'a Brown

Chorister | FWO

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Jake Rodriguez

Chorister | FWO

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James Gooden

Chorister | FWO

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Afton Battle

General Director | FWO

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Nelson Claytor

Board Chair | FWO

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Alfrelynn J. Roberts

Chorister | FWO


Meet the Chorus


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Rachael Maura Fant


Chrystle Hicks

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Tracy Jones

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Megan Koch

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Kyuyim Lee

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Jacquelyn Lengfelder

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Adrienne Phipps

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Alexandria Sewell

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Erica Simmons

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Katherine Smith

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Nicole Stover


Lauren Urso


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Kenj'a Brown

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Walteria Caldwell

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Xiaohan Chen

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Avanti Dey

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Amber Howell

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Megan Liles

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Sarah McDowell

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Mudibu Rita Nsumbu

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Sheila Randolph

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Jillian Rangel

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Yonina Robinson


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Michael Alonzo

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Malcolm Beaty


Damond Cobin

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Michael Hamilton

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Lwazi Hlati

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David Mejia

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Ndumiso Nyoka

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Kyle Spears

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Jonathan Walker-VanKuren


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John Ban

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Dante Davis

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James Gooden

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Benjamin Howard

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Malcolm Payne Jr.

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Jake Rodriguez

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Tshilidzi Ndou

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