Lenora Helm Hammonds is Assistant Professor of Music at NCCU (faculty page | artist website). A singer, composer, arranger and lyricist, she teaches in the Jazz Studies Program and directs the NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble. She is faculty coordinator of the Teaching Artist Certificate Program, the first of its kind at an HBCU, which prepares performing artists with job-readiness tools to create auditorium performances, school residencies and cultural-arts programs for school and community-based organizations. Her DH fellowship project contributes to curriculum design and implementation for this new certificate program. The project is focused on creating digital library of curated media and research materials on well-known musicians, visual artists, and dancers/choreographers (particularly those with ties to North Carolina), out of which teaching artists could build their own programs and curricula.
Prof. Hammonds graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Film Scoring/Voice from Berklee College of Music and earned inception into Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society with a Master of Music in Jazz Performance/Voice from East Carolina University. She is currently completing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Education at Boston University. Among many awards and distinctions, Prof. Hammonds has been a Global Citizenship Fellow at the Salzburg Global Seminar and a Fulbright Senior Music Specialist in Denmark and South Africa. She is the 2018 recipient of the University of Pretoria Javett Music Award, designated for distinguished jazz musicians and scholars.