The University Chorale collaborated with The American Spiritual Ensemble for the final two numbers of the Ensemble’s stirring concert of classic spirituals at Bob Jones University February 16.
The American Spiritual Ensemble was founded by Dr. Everett McCorvey in 1995 to keep the American Negro spiritual alive. Its members are soloists who have performed in such theaters and opera houses as the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera and Houston Grand Opera as well as venues in Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Spain and Japan. They have thrilled audiences around the world with their dynamic renditions of spirituals and numbers highlighting the Black experience.
The 52-member University Chorale is one of the premiere BJU choral groups and consists of upperclassmen and graduate students, many of whom are music majors. The group is conducted by Dr. Warren Cook.
“Dr. McCorvey conveyed to me that the University Chorale was the most prepared group the Ensemble has ever worked with,” says Dr. Darren Lawson, dean of the School of Fine Arts and Communication, “and his comment speaks to the quality of our choral program here at BJU.”