GYASI BLANTON

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Spring Branch ISD

Gyasi J. Blanton, M.M.E.

Gyasi J. Blanton a native of New Jersey, is an active musician, music director, music educator and composer/arranger. He studied at the first Historically Black College/University, The Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education (magna cum laude) as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance (magna cum laude). He also obtained the Master of Music Education degree (Choral track) at Florida State University. 

A tenor, Gyasi has performed a variety of noted roles including: Treemonisha (Andy), Hansel and Gretel (The Witch) Man of La Mancha (Sancho), Kismet (The Caliph), The Medium (Toby), Pippin (Leading Player), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch Mahoney) and understudied the role of Seaweed in Hairspray. As a composer and arranger, Blanton’s Invictus and Entreat Me Not to Leave You were performed in recitals and master classes. Blanton also served as music director for productions of: A Christmas Carol, Pippin, Little Women, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Pajama Game, A Class Act, and The Little Mermaid Jr.

As a music teacher, Blanton is a passionate choral conductor who loves working and developing young voices. The varied repertoire choice reflects his belief of what students should gain while studying music. Gyasi is committed to using his God-given talents to empower young musicians. He was one of the artistic directors with the New Jersey Youth Chorus "Coro Vivo" a boy choir of unchanged Voices. Under his direction, this ensemble performed at the Kennedy Center, Carneige Hall, Madison Square Garden and with the Keystone State Boychoir.  As a composer and arranger, Blanton’s Invictus and Entreat Me Not to Leave You, The Dream Keeper and The Water Is Wide have performed in recitals, master classes and concerts.

Blanton is affiliated with Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society, American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA), National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM), New Jersey Music Educators Association (NJMEA), National Association for Music Educators (NaFME), Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

 

Tutorial times are by appointment only.

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