Stacey V. Gibbs
Stacey V. Gibbs is a prolific and highly sought-after composer-arranger. Best known for arrangements of spirituals, he is highly acclaimed for his ability to infuse new energy into familiar works without sacrificing their authenticity or power. Maestro Gibbs’ spirituals have been performed by the United States Air Force Sergeants, The St. Olaf Choir, the Stellenbosch Choir of Africa, the University of Southern California Chamber Singers, the Winston-Salem State University Singing Rams, Morehouse & the University of Michigan Glee Clubs, the Wartburg Choir and many other college, university, high school and professional ensembles both domestically and internationally. His music has been programmed at all state festivals, National Association of Music Educators (MENC) Festivals, the World Choir Games, and regional and national American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Conventions. The music of Stacey V. Gibbs is published by Gentry Publications, National Music Publishers, Pavane Publishing, Alliance Music, Hinshaw Music, GIA Music and Carl Fischer Music. His settings may also be found under the Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series at Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Colla Voce Music and Walton Music Publishers. He currently has over 70 published arrangements for SATB, SSAA, and TTBB ensembles. The Stacey V. Gibbs Choral Series with Gentry Publications debuted in February, 2010 with Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel. He’s had several works listed under the Editor’s Choice with J.W. Pepper. Didn’t It Rain: The Spirituals of Stacey V. Gibbs, recorded by the Sunday Night Singers of California was released in 2012; and his setting of Way Over in Beulah Lan’ was performed at the 57th Inaugural Service for President Barack Obama. Recently, the Winston-Salem State University Singing Rams’ video of Gibbs’ setting Rockin’ Jerusalem was the December (2014) and July (2015) featured video for Santa Barbara Music Publishing. ‘Great God Almighty’ was selected for the Texas All State Choir in 2014 and was performed by the USC Chamber Singers at The X World Choral Symposium in China. His arrangements of ‘Elijah Rock’, ‘Gather at the River’, ‘Every Time I Feel the Spirit’, ‘I Want Jesus to Walk with Me’ debuted at ACDA Minneapolis in March 2017. His collaboration with Richard Burchard, ‘Eternal Hope’, debuted as well. His settings of Po’ Man Lazarus & Wade in the Water were performed at the World Choral Symposium in Barcelona, Spain July, 2017 and his setting of Rockin’ Jerusalem was performed by the World Youth Choir and the Nairobi Chamber Chorus conducted by Ken Wakia. Maestro Gibbs’ will made his conducting debut at Carnegie Hall in April, 2017 and introduced his new work ‘Freedom’. In the fall of 2019, he will present the work ‘From Agony to Glory, the Spiritual’. He conducted a commissioned work, Kumbaya, at the ACDA Regional Conference in Chicago, Il in February, 2018. Additionally, the ACDA Southern Division Conference commissioned a new work with special guest soloist and American Idol Winner Reuben Studdard. This setting, A Spiritual Salute, debuted in Louisville, KY in February, 2018. He recently accepted an invitation to be the guest conductor and clinician at the International Choral Fest scheduled for June, 2018 in Costa Rica and China. He participated in Sing for Justice, Michigan. This is an interdisciplinary event which calls for musicians, artists and scholars to consider their roles as ambassadors for change. He has 20 years of management experience and currently resides in Detroit, Michigan.