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OUR LEADERSHIP

Artistic Director, Sterling Overshown

Sterling Overshown

Sterling Weldon Paul Overshown, a native of Houston, Texas, has called New York City home since 2012. The son of professional guitarist Lawrence Overshown, Sterling's gifts are in the areas of jazz and classical piano. He has had the pleasure of performing and working with Frank Foster, Dr. Billy Taylor, Erykah Badu, Ellis Marsalis, and the Count Basie Orchestra on various projects.

Since moving to New York, Sterling has served as organist and choirmaster at various churches throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan, and has also been in charge of directing music for several off-Broadway musicals. He has served as Artistic Director of Lavender Light since 2016 and is also a student at the New School University pursuing dual majors in Economics and Jazz Piano Performance.

Sterling holds any opportunity to perform as a sacred occasion because he believes that artists have deep power to impact audiences and transform society.

Female Co-Chair, Maria-Elena Grant

Maria-Elena Grant

"I am proud to be a representative of this organization and am grateful to live in a city where, and at a time when, I can be an "out" lesbian of color, praising a God of my understanding."

Maria-Elena Grant is one of the choir's longest-standing members, having joined the organization in 1990. She was elected to the position of female co-chair in 1992. She is also an active member of GALA (Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses), where she served as a board member for six years: The Audre Lorde Project (founding member) and Unity Fellowship of Christ Church in Brooklyn (founding member). She has also served on LGBT Advisory Committees for New York's Mayor David Dinkins, Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields, and The Stonewall Community Foundation.

Treasurer, Albert Wilcox

Albert Wilcox

"I am proud to be a part of the committed community of artists in this legendary choir."

Albert Wilcox is a veteran of New York City's Big Apple Chorus and of New York University's Choral Arts Society. He has been a member of Lavender light for nine years. He is the Chief Financial Officer of Art Department (a leading photography agency based in New York) and serves at the choir's Treasurer.