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Graduating Student Recital • AT THE DAWN (JOURNEY TO AFRICA) • Innocent Okechukwu, composition

Friday • April 28, 2023   |   8:00 pm 9:00 pm

Free – $20.00
While this event is open to the public, you must pre-register in order to gain access in person. No walk-ups will be allowed at Longy for performances.


All Longy students present full recitals as part of their education and ongoing evolution as artists. They are charged with thinking critically about what stories they tell, whose voices to amplify, and who’s in the room for their event while also considering how to use performance spaces in innovative ways and how to truly engage audiences and create interactive music experiences. 

Innocent Okechukwu is a student of John Howell Morrison.


Innocent Okechukwu is a Nigerian prolific composer and pianist, with over a hundred (100) compositions to his credit. Notable amongst them are his Sacred Cantata; Oku Ncheghari (A call for repentance), Three flute concertos, Waterfall (A Clarinet Balleto), A dance of the wizard (flute concerto) and a New York premiered duet Ije Uwa (The travails of life), When the world is sick (SATB, also arranged for solo voice), Ave Verum (SATB), Majesty (SATB & Piano), Sinking sand (violin sonata), Hang-out (Trumpet & Piano), Behold the star (SATB for Christmas), Snow, snow (Solo voice), Fear (Soprano), The River Within (String Quartet, World premiered in Boston Center for the Arts, USA), Sneaky One (Brass Quartet), the list continues.

Innocent Ndubuisi Okechukwu started his true journey into music at Saint Felix Minor Seminary, Ejeme-Aniogor, where he had his secondary school education. In that Seminary, he had an encounter with music in different ways at the seminary, became a member of the seminary choir, and the rest was history.

Mr. Innocent had his first degree in Music at the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) majored in Composition with a minor in Piano performance. He graduated with first-class honors and emerged as the Best graduating student from his Department in 2016.
Mr. Innocent also holds an Advanced Certificate in piano performance from the Trinity College of London school of music board in Dubai, UAE 2019.

In June of 2018 Innocent moved to Dubai, UAE, as an instructor in a fast-growing music institute in Dubai, UAE – Solid Rock Music and Dance Zone. Also worked as a collaborative pianist for the Trinity examination board.

Innocent is currently a graduate student of Music Composition at longy School of Music of Bard College, Cambridge – USA. In early 2022, he published his first book – Musical Echoes, some collections of his original compositions, which are available for purchase on amazon.

Innocent is the current recipient of:

  • Bronwyn and Jeffrey Lamont Artistic and Social Change Fellowship 2021-2022 session.
  • Certified Music Practitioner Scholar and Access for Equity Scholar, 2022-2023


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Friday • April 28, 2023
8:00 pm 9:00 pm
Free – $20.00
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Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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