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B.E. Boykin, composer, pianist, and educator, joins Encore University’s Masterclass series for a discussion on composition, inspiration, and creativity, presented special for Encore Creativity!

Boykin, an Alexandria native, is the renowned composer of new classic choral works Music of Life, We Sing As OneConsolamini, and more. The process of choral composition is a personal journey with inspiration, muse, and music. How does music affect our lives, and what part of our lives do we bring to the composition process? 

In this 90-minute Masterclass, B.E. Boykin will bring her compositions to the Zoom classroom for a conversation specifically for Encore Creativity for Older Adults. Join this presentation for a vibrant conversation on the writing process, the inspiration behind Boykin’s choral compositions, her techniques and methods in writing for different ensembles, and how music can connect audiences, singers, and composers alike. Join the composer of one of Encore Creativity’s works for the Spring 2024 semester and walk along the journey behind its creation!

DATE AND TIMEMonday, February 26, 7:30 PM ET – 9:00 PM ET

Can’t make it to the Zoom? Encore University’s flexibility extends to our Masterclass series. A recorded version of this presentation will be sent to all registered participants after the session.


Headshot of composer B.E. Boykin against a dark background.

B.E. Boykin is a native of Alexandria, Virginia and comes from a musical family. At the age of 7, she began piano lessons and continued her studies through high school under the tutelage of Mrs. Alma Sanford. Mrs. Sanford guided her through various competitions, such as the NAACP’s ACT-SO competition where she garnered 1st place for 3 consecutive years in the local competition, as well as being awarded The Washington Post “Music and Dance Award” in the spring of 2007.

Boykin then pursued her classical piano studies at Spelman College under the leadership of Dr. Rachel Chung. After graduating Spelman College in 2011 with a B.A. in Music, Boykin continued her studies at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. During her time at Westminster, she was awarded the R and R Young Composition Prize just a few months shy of graduating with her M.M. in Sacred Music with a concentration in choral studies in May, 2013.

Boykin’s choral piece, “We Sing as One,” was commissioned to celebrate Spelman College’s 133rd Anniversary of its founding at the 2014 Founders Day Convocation. She has also been featured as the conductor/composer-in-residence for the 2017 Harry T. Burleigh Commemorative Spiritual Festival at Tennessee State University. Boykin has been commissioned and collaborated with several organizations, including a number of ACDA divisions, the Minnesota Opera and the Kennedy Center. She obtained her Ph.D. from Georgia State University with an emphasis in Music Education and is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at the Georgia Institute of Technology.