Everett D. McCorvey, a 1981 initiate of the University of Alabama Circle, is the 2022 recipient of the Omicron Delta Kappa Pillars of Leadership Award in the Creative and Performing Arts. He is a native of Montgomery, Alabama.
Everett is currently a distinguished music faculty member at the University of Kentucky. His degrees, including his doctorate, are all from the University of Alabama (UA). In addition to being on faculty at Kentucky, Everett is the director of the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre.
Everett is also in his seventh season as the Artistic Director of the National Chorale of New York City. The 54-year-old National Chorale is a symphonic choir that performs at Lincoln Center. He is also the founder and director of the American Spiritual Ensemble (ASE). The ASE, established in 1995, has the mission to keep the American negro spiritual alive. The members of the ensemble travel the globe celebrating the music of African American enslaved peoples. Today, thanks to the work of the ASE, more than 3,000 negro melodies have been documented. Everett was one of the keynote speakers at the 2022 O∆K National Leadership Conference.