08.22.18Michelle selected to perform in the Aretha Franklin Orchestra
Michelle will be performing on violin, along with the Musique Noire strings (Leslie Deshazor and Leah Celebi) as part of the Aretha Franklin Orchestra in the funeral for the "Queen of Soul", who passed away on August 16.
06.21.18Michelle receives 2018 Kresge Artist Fellowship!
Michelle was one of 22 recipients chosen from over 450 applicants to receive the prestigious Kresge Artist Fellowship for 2018, awarded by Kresge Arts in Detroit, a program of The Kresge Foundation. The award comes with a creative practice residency and a no-strings-attached $25,000 cash award. Recipients are chosen for a demonstrated track record of artistic achievement and high quality work, the potential to grow and advance in their artistic career and the potential to reflect, enhance or impact communities within metropolitan Detroit.
05.01.18Michelle Featured in BLAC Magazine
Michelle is featured in an article on Detroit black classical musicians.
03.14.18Michelle and Husband, Ron James featured in "Detroit Neighborhoods"
For Valentine's Day, the City of Detroit's blog, "The Neighborhoods" showcased "short and sweet" love stories of couples who met and still live in the city. Michelle and her husband Ron are photographed in front of the home where they met, they home of their mutual long-time friend, Gail Perry-Mason.
03.01.18Michelle joins the Board of Directors of the Center of Wellness for Urban Women
Michelle has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Center of Wellness for Urban Women (CWUW). This Indianapolis, IN-based organization's mission is to empower "women and their families living in urban communities to take action in their health and well-being through education, advocacy, prevention, and care."
10.25.17Michelle joins the ACCA Community College Task Force
Michelle is a member of the American College Counseling Association and has recently joined their Community College Task Force, helping with the planning of activities and other support nationwide for her fellow colleagues in community college counseling.
09.29.17Musique Noire Releases Their Third CD!
Michelle leads the strings and percussion ensemble, Musique Noire. They are proud to announce the release of their third CD project, "Reflections: We Breathe", celebrating "women warriors" of the arts. Muses include Alice Coltrane, Elizabeth Catlett, Eileen Ivers and Nina Simone.
10.23.12Michelle Co-Chairs Historic Boston Edison VIP Holiday Preview Party
This Historic Boston-Edison neighborhood of Detroit presents the 38th Annual Holiday Home Tour and Fourth Annual VIP Preview party. Michelle is a co-chair for this annual Detroit holiday tradition.
08.01.12Michelle Receives Award of Recognition from Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity
The Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity, of which Michelle is a member (Delta Theta and Zeta Alpha chapters) presented her with an award of recognition for her 20 years of dedication and service as the Fraternity's National Chair of Rotating Grants and Summer Scholarships. The presentation was made at the Fraternity's 2012 Triennial Conference. Michelle has now resigned that position and currently serves on the Fraternity's Finance Committee.
04.12.12Michelle Receives Outstanding Classical Musician Nomination
Michelle has been nominated for a 2012 Detroit Music Award in the category "Outstanding Classical Musician".
02.16.12Michelle Receives Outstanding Faculty Nomination
Michelle received a 2012 Nomination for Outstanding Faculty at the Orchard Ridge Campus of Oakland Community College. Michelle has been a counselor at OCC since 1996.
03.17.11Musique Noire Earns Two Detroit Music Awards Nominations
Musique Noire is nominated for two Detroit Music Awards: "Outstanding World Artist/Group" and "Outstanding World/Reggae/Ska Recording" for "Holiday Dreams: A Celebration of Christmas".
03.04.11Newest Musical Venture
Michelle is founder and musical director for the new series, "Historic Boston Edison Presents 'The Sounds of Music' House Concert Series". The Boston-Edison Historic District is one of the premiere addresses in the heart of Detroit, containing over 900 homes. Most homes were constructed between 1905 and 1925 and range in size from modest two-story vernaculars to impressive mansions. Notable residents of Boston-Edison included Henry Ford, James Couzens, Horace Rackham, Sebastian Kresge, Berry Gordy and Joe Louis.
The 'Sounds of Music' House Concert Series will be three concerts held in the beautiful homes of Boston-Edison over the Spring, Summer, and Fall. In addition, there will be a summer children's concert.
02.01.11Michelle performs with the Sphinx Symphony
Michelle will be performing in the second violin section of the Sphinx Symphony for the 14th Annual Sphinx Competition. Click the link to view the performance.
03.17.10Musique Noire Earns Detroit Music Award Nomination
Musique Noire is nominated again as "Outstanding World Artist/Group" for the 2010 Detroit Music Awards.
01.28.10R.I.P. Leon May
My father, Leon May, passed away today after an 18-year battle with prostate cancer. He was 84 years old. He lived a very full life, and passed away peacefully, of which I'm thankful.
03.29.09Musique Noire Earns Three Detroit Music Awards Nominations
Michelle's group, Musique Noire, earned the following 2009 Detroit Music Awards Nominations:
Outstanding Jazz Recording "Good Hair"
Outstanding World Artist/Group
JoVia Armstrong, percussionist for Musique Noire, also was nominated as Outstanding World/Reggae/Ska Instrumentalist
The awards ceremony will be on Friday, April 17 at the Fillmore in downtown Detroit.
11.19.08New Business Venture
Michelle announces the creation of Ann Vincent Productions, Inc., which will handle all of her music projects, including her band, Musique Noire.
10.16.08Debut CD from Musique Noire Available Now
Michelle's acoustic world fusion ensemble, Musique Noire, has released their debut CD, "Good Hair". It is available in download only form at Digstation (www.digstation.com) and in CD form at CD Baby (www.cdbaby.com). The CD can also be found at the following Detroit area stores:
Street Corner Music (13 Mile and Southfield Rd), Dearborn Music (Michigan Ave. at Monroe), Flipside Records (41 East 14 Mile Road in Clawson) and Record Time (Gratiot and 11 Mile in Roseville).
08.31.07New Video from Michelle
View a video of Michelle performing with her band, Musique Noire.
06.20.07Michelle is Honored with a Resolution of Appreciation
The Historic Boston-Edison Association presented Michelle with a "Resolution of Appreciation" for her work Chairing the Association's 80th Annual Dinner.
04.11.07Michelle Chairs Historic Boston-Edison Annual Dinner
Michelle is the Chair for the 80th Annual Historic Boston-Edison Residential District Dinner. The formal event will be held on Friday, May 18, 2007 at 6 p.m. at Marygrove College.
Founded in 1921 (although the neighborhood is over 100 years old with the first homes built in 1905), the Historic Boston-Edison Association is the oldest continuously operating neighborhood organization in Detroit.
09.05.06Michelle Coordinates Sphinx Overture Program
Michelle has accepted the position of Coordinator of the Sphinx Overture Program. This program provides free after-school violin lessons for students on the east and southwest sides of Detroit.