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Valerie Coleman

Valerie Coleman

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Subtitle: The First Day of Kwanzaa

General Info

Year: 2001 / 2008
Duration: c. 3:15
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: SSAA Voices
Publisher: Valerie Coleman
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Umoja is the Swahili word for "unity" and is the first day in seven in the African-American celebration of Kwanzaa. The original composition calls for unity through the tradition of call and response and was first meant to be a simple family sing-along song for Kwanzaa.

- Program Note from publisher


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State Ratings

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  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Flute Troupe (Katherine Borst Jones, conductor) - 20 February 2022
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Chamber Winds (Kevin Michael Holzman, conductor) - 30 November 2021
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Ensemble (Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor) - 27 April 2021
  • Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minn.) Chamber Winds (Karrin Meffert-Nelson, conductor) - 6 December 2020
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Wind Ensemble (Matthew McCutchen, conductor) - 25 September 2020
  • University of Miami (Coral Gables) Frost Symphonic Winds (Steven Moore, conductor) – 29 November 2018
  • University of Hawaii (Honolulu) Wind Ensemble (Jeffrey Boeckman, conductor) – 22 April 2018

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 299.
  • Valerie Coleman website Accessed 30 November 2018