Connaitre Miller has been a vocal instructor at Howard University in Washington, D.C. for 10 years and has local ties to UNC in Greeley. Her vocal group, Afro-Blue, was part of NBC’s “The Sing-Off” this season. According to an article from The Tribune, Miller wasn’t a fan of reality shows, but her group ended up auditioning for the show and ended up making it.

Miller did some doctoral work at UNC from 1991-94, sang in the top jazz vocal group and remains a strong fixture in the program, coming back every year to help with the Greeley/UNC Jazz Festival. She’s directed the same top vocal group at Howard University since the Spring of 2002. She named the group Afro Blue because afros were an iconic image for African-Americans and blue is the iconic color for jazz.

“We learned so much, including myself,” Miller said. “It was definitely a great, growing experience for them.”

Afro-Blue’s members include Eliza Berkon, Reggie Bowens, Trenton Cokley, Christie Dashiell, Integriti Reeves, Devin Robinson, John Kenniebrew, Mariah Maxwell, Brian Vickers and Danielle Withers.


Afro-Blue is a fun-loving Jazz/Pop a cappella ensemble from Howard University in Washington, D.C. The group started as a class in the music department at Howard in 2002, with this current version of the group singing together since 2009.