How sweet the sound: Workshop and concert to celebrate gospel music

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The sweet and soulful sounds of gospel music will fill Old Chapel this weekend for the third annual community gospel workshop and concert.

Beginning Friday, Nov. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. singers from diverse backgrounds among the campus community and general public are invited to participate in an interfaith gospel workshop.

Under the musical direction of Emma Teague and Lyndon Walters of Union’s Heavenly Voices gospel choir, participants will learn a few spirituals and songs, along with a history of gospel music.

The group will resume rehearsals from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, and perform a free concert in Old Chapel at 3 p.m.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the workshop and attend the concert.

“Learning about the history of spirituals and gospel music will enhance the voices who sing these songs from the heart,” said Gretchel Hathaway, faculty advisor for the choir and the Heavenly Liturgical Dance Ministry. “The audience will enjoy the collaborative nature of this soul-filled vocal presentation by members of our campus community.”

To register for the workshop, or for more information, contact Hathaway at

A non-denominational group that promotes self-expression through the singing of contemporary and traditional religious songs, the Heavenly Voices has performed at a variety of campus and community events.

Co-presidents are Camille Harris '14 and Martha Jones '14.

The event is co-sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and Office of Campus Diversity.