ROSWELL, Ga. – The renowned Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University, Washington, D.C., will perform in concert at Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Sunday, March 16.
Founded in the fall of 1968, Howard Gospel is the first collegiate choir of its kind in the world. As a result, the choir has pioneered an international legacy in gospel music ministry.
The choir boasts an active roster of 70-plus singers that consists of students and alumni from Howard University as well as others from the surrounding community. In addition to distinguished professionals in every imaginable discipline, past members of this award-winning ensemble include Grammy Award-winners Richard Smallwood, Coré Cotton (member of Sounds of Blackness), and Elbernita “Twinkie” Clark of the legendary Clark Sisters, as well as R&B star Ángela Winbush.
Exceptional musicians have always been instrumental in shaping the Howard Choir’s unique sound to embrace both contemporary and traditional gospel, church hymns, Negro spirituals and classically arranged anthems.
For the past four decades, HGC has set a high standard as a premier performing arts ensemble. The choir has been privileged to sing at a wide variety of venues in and around the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, including the White House, the U.S. Capitol, DAR Constitution Hall, Washington National Cathedral, the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Smithsonian Museum of American History.
The choir has toured nationally and internationally, including Canada, Italy, Denmark, Slovakia, Sweden and the Caribbean island of Barbados.
Most recently, the choir toured the European country of Montenegro at the special invitation of the U.S. Embassy in Podgorica. In additional to headlining concerts, choir members also conduct workshops teaching various vocal exercises and discussing the history of gospel music.
From the outset, the Howard Gospel Choir has been in constant demand. The choir has shared the stage with a number of musical luminaries including Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, Fantasia and Patti LaBelle. Additionally, the Howard Choir has performed for President Barack Obama.
Notwithstanding its legacy of excellence and the vast accomplishments since its inception, the main objective remains the same: to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ through song. The choir’s purpose and passion is to serve Christ with the choir’s musical gifts bringing peace, restoration, healing and inspiration to all who will lend their ears and hearts.
It’s more than just a performance; this is their ministry.
IF YOU GO
WHO: Howard Gospel Choir
WHERE: Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 888 Zion Circle, Roswell
WHEN: Sunday, March 16, 4 to 6 p.m.