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Reflections: Howard University Classmates Join the Masses as we mourn the loss of Jessye Norman, Grammy-Winning Opera Singer

Jessye Norman, American Opera Singer was born in Augusta, Georgia and died in New York, Sunday, September 29, 2019 at the age of 74. She was a heralded soprano opera singer who won four Grammy Awards and the National Medal of Arts, along with so many other outstanding accolades.  She grew up in a musical More »


The 2019 Annual Joan Hillsman’s Music Network, Inc. Scholarship\ Fundraiser

Community Supporters! We need your Help! Please Support & Attend! Dr. Joan Hillsman and JHMN Music Network has supported the Syracuse Community and beyond by providing talent exposure, mentoring, music lessons, serving churches, individuals, and networking with other community organizations of all ages. This year marks the 9th year of her relocation to Syracuse. During More »


June is National Black Music Month: Music Plays and Important Role in the Lives of Individuals!


June is National Black Music Month- Celebrate the Legacy Summer Enrichment Programs! Enhance your lives with music.  Research and studies have proven that there are many rewarding benefits that may be gained from music.  First of all, music and arts programs are connected with other disciplines such as science, math, social studies, technology, reading, brain-power, More »



The 9th Annual Spring Concert at Hendricks Chapel

Joan Hillsman’s Music Network, Inc. and Syracuse Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America, presents the 9th Annual Spring Concert. The program will consist of local community talent performing spiritual and Gospel music, dance, poetry, spoken word, diversity & Multicultural expression of praise and much more! The 9th Annual Spring Concert  Friday, April 12, More »


Winter Fair Event Inside the Expo “Sunday Gospel Explosion”


The New York State Fair presented an exciting indoor Winter Fair inside the Expo Center, February 8-12, 2019.  This event featured a unique presentation of local talent, vendors, rides, food, exhibits galore, dancers, youth, poetry, drumming, dancers, spoken word, A Sunday Gospel Explosion, and more. This event allowed the community to come together and share More »



Is Your Year a Trick or Treat: It’s no Joke-It’s scary!

Many people celebrate Halloween in various ways. Some families and organizations engage the children (adults enjoying it as well) in many positive activities. Many of these include going “trick or treating”, meeting other families, developing social skills, in-door parties, instilling safety values, sharing cards and candy, a night out or sleep-overs, and numerous “fun” activities More »


Brain Power: A Music Booster for Children

The Syracuse Community Folk Art Center (CFA), was the place to be, as children from Pre-school to grades three years old gathered.  They participated in an exciting event regarding music as an important vehicle for developing the brain. The event was held on Saturday, October 6, 2018, from 2 o’clock Pm to 3Pm. The coordinators More »


Syracuse City-Wide Music Ministry Workshop “Encouraged by Many Participants”

People gathered from across the city of Syracuse, New York and beyond to attend the “City-Wide Music Ministry Workshop” that was held at Bethany Baptist Church, where Rev. Phil Turner is pastor.  The Joan Hillsman’s Music Network, Inc. (JHMN, Inc.), collaborated with Bethany and was open to volunteers, supporters, and all who wanted to gain More »