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Kent State University Gospel Choir

In the 85-year history of the School of Music, there had not been a gospel choir and gospel music had not been performed as part of the School's repertoire. This history changed at Kent State University and in its School of Music when Dr. Linda B. Angotti founded the Kent State University Gospel Choir in 1996. The choir is also known as the KSU Gospel Choir, University Gospel Choir and Kent State Gospel Choir. 


The Kent State University Gospel Choir enjoys an excellent local, regional, national and international reputation. The choir has performed in Europe and the Bahamas, was invited to perform for two Kent State University presidential inaugurations (2007, 2015) and performs regularly for diverse campus-wide events. The choir performs at various conferences, festivals and churches across the country.


This is a non-auditioned choir (voice placement only) open to all members of the university and surrounding communities: students, faculty, staff, alumni and residents. Members of the group represent different ages, ethnicities, races, majors, sexual orientations and religious beliefs. Thus, the Kent State University Gospel Choir is the most diverse organization and/or ensemble on campus. To participate, undergraduate students must enroll in MUS 45151, graduate students may enroll in MUS 55151, and all other persons must seek prior permission from the director.


The class meets from 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. each Monday during fall and spring semesters. Performance engagements are not accepted once the semester has begun. We do not perform during KSU holiday breaks or in the summer.


For further information, please contact Mr. Byron Black at 330-672-4802 or

Support the Kent State University Gospel Choir

If you would like to support our scholarships or travel funds, kindly send your donation to:

Kent State University Gospel Choir
c/o Kent State University Foundation
350 S. Lincoln Street
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, Ohio 44242-0001