College of Arts News
Gospel Choir and Step Team Perform Holiday Concert, Dec. 10Posted Dec. 1, 2010
The Kent State University Gospel Choir will perform a holiday concert set to the theme Dancing with the Gospel on Friday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Cartwright Hall. The concert is free and no tickets are required.
“After choosing and listening to the music, a theme developed in my head – dance. Our theme is Dancing with the Gospel,” says Dr. Linda Walker, professor, director and founder of the Kent State Gospel Choir.
The entire choir is dancing to two songs choreographed by Nike Olabisi. Additionally, Imani Thomas, a sophomore dance major, has choreographed a piece that she and four other dance majors will perform. The Kent State Gospel Choir Step Team, led by JaRel Clay, will do a routine that he has choreographed to, “Joyful, Joyful” from the movie Sister Act II that the choir will perform live.
The award-winning gospel choir is a "unique experience because students get to sing gospel music for academic credit, in an outstanding ensemble that enjoys an excellent national and international reputation and under the guidance of a knowledgeable and experienced professional," says Walker.
Founded in 1996 by Walker, the Kent State Gospel Choir has earned an excellent local, regional, national and international reputation. This semester, the choir has 50 members, including Kent State students, faculty, staff and members of the community. The choir provides an opportunity to engage students in an inclusive and welcoming environment that is stable, very organized and highly structured.
By Rebecca Mohr