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Gospel Choir Celebrates Diversity with Spring Concert, April 27

Posted Apr. 18, 2011

The Kent State University Gospel Choir (KSUGC) is Celebrating Diversity at its upcoming concert on Wednesday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Cartwright Hall. The concert showcases its many talented members in a wide range of gospel songs, each one celebrating the wonders of God. The concert is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The spring 2011 concert has a full repertoire of pieces that range from upbeat tempos such as “Souled Out” with words and music by Estee Bullock and Nate McNair, to slow, moving songs like “Psalm 8” with words and music by the popular Richard Smallwood. 

Just as the choir members display diversity, the selections reflect this same diversity.  “Hosanna, We Sing” by Robert Sterling and “Unconditional” by Kirk Franklin both have a Latin feel to them.  Each song is different, but stays true to the word of the Gospel.

Special guest artists Veranda and David Willingham will be featured. Also, the KSUGC Step Team, choreography by senior JaRel Clay will be performing routines to selected pieces. 

The KSUGC, created in 1996 by current director Dr. Linda B. Walker, is one of the most diverse group on campus with members differing in age, race, gender, major, socioeconomic status and culture. Because Dr. Walker teaches all music by rote, students, regardless of previous choral or musical experience, are invited without audition to participate in the regionally, nationally and internationally recognized ensemble. 

The choir sings songs from the Gospel, which is the first four books of the Bible's New Testament. However, all students are invited to participate regardless of their religious beliefs in this non-threatening and incredibly welcoming environment.  Participants in the choir truly enjoy learning musical techniques and singing a genre of music with a very rich history.  Students often find their niche in the KSUGC and remain in the ensemble for all of their years at KSU. 

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Media Contacts: Julianne Janosko, jjonosk3@kent.edu, and Dr. Walker at 330-672-2431