Dr. Lori Hicks, D.M.A.

Chair School of the Humanities and Performing Arts
BradfordRoom G5400 East Main St.Frankfort, KY 40601(502) 597-6415


Dr. Lori Celeste Hicks; singer, composer, arranger, vocal technician, clinician, and director; serves as the Interim Chair of Humanities and Performing Arts for her Alma Mater Kentucky State University. Formerly, the Associate Professor of Voice and Opera at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Dr. Hicks has moved audiences with her warm voice, magnetic personality, spiritual arrangements and soulful compositions. Her training, research, and passion have allowed Dr. Hicks to embark upon numerous projects in the areas of Black Music and African American Repertoire. With the workshop series “Vocal Techniques for Church Singers”, Dr. Hicks provides church choirs and gospel singers with lessons on healthy singing techniques and exercises. Her lecture workshop, “From The Black Church To The Opera Stage: Transforming Students from the Gospel Belt to The Classical Sound” presented at the 2018 National Association Of Teachers of Singing (NATS) National Conference. Her recital series, “Music of My Voice: A Portrayal of the African American Experience through Classical Music: In Stage, Song, and Spirit” is a multimedia presentation of songs and arias by black composers which continues to be performed at universities and churches all over. Her debut CD, “Music Of My Voice” released In 2014, is a collection of spirituals and songs all composed, arranged, and performed by Dr. Hicks. 2011 marked a pivotal year for Dr. Hicks, becoming the youngest composer commissioned by the Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation (NSSF), and making her much-anticipated Carnegie Hall debut, singing Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass. Dr. Hicks has performed title roles with several opera companies such as Arbor Opera, La Musica Lirica, Asheville Opera, and Opera Theater of Pittsburgh where she debuted as Bess in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess in 2009. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Hicks holds a Bachelors of Music Education from Kentucky State University, a Masters of Music from Bowling Green State University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.