From its rich beginnings in the early 70’s as the Pamoja Singers, the University of Georgia African American Choral Ensemble (AACE) has endeavored to keep concert halls and churches filled with the powerful sounds and wealth of indigenous musical treasures birthed from the African American experience. Since its earliest days at UGA, AACE has been a beacon tower of fellowship and friendship for the university community. Herein, people of many cultures come to share and learn the messages of hope, love and liberation that have sustained a people and this nation. Membership in the group is via an informal placement audition held during the first two class sessions of each semester. The entire University community is invited to participate in this organization. There are two major performances annually near the end of each semester. Other performance opportunities are by invitation.
Following many triumphal performance successes, the group has been invited to perform at several national music conferences. In 2011 the group was invited to perform for the Georgia Music Educators Conference World Music Session in Savannah, GA. In 2013 they were engaged and performed as part of the Smithsonian Institute’s “Southern Harmonies” Traveling Exhibition. The most recent conference presentation was the opening concert for the Organization of American Kodaly Educators in 2014 convening in Atlanta, GA.