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University Gospel Choir in Spring Concert
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SHU Gospel Choir2014 marks the 42 year anniversary of the Seton Hall University Gospel Choir. "During this year we have conducted numerous events to mark the major milestone that we achieved 2012" says Rev. Dr. Forrest Pritchett, the choir Faculty Program Director. The culminating spring events will start during the first week in May. On Saturday May 5, a spring concert will be rendered in East Orange. During the final exam period the choir will render "Gospel on the Green" in the center of the university campus. We hope to invoke God's blessing on the students and faculty through song and prayer.

On Saturday May 4 at 7 p.m., the Seton Hall University Gospel Choir will present their annual spring concert in the Jubilee Hall Auditorium.

The Gospel Choir concert productions are conceived, produced and directed by Seton Hall students. The spiritual inspiration for this year's theme is drawn from scripture in Hebrews 6:1-3 according to choir Vice President Zaire Smalls, a class of 2015 Broadcasting major. "We want to bring the Glory of God to campus. He is living and breathing. We want to share the word". A summary of that scripture shows: A need to reach those that are not saved and encouraging growth in those that are.

"Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And God permitting, we will do so."

The Student Director of the choir, Clayton Fernandes, a class of 2015 Social Work major, helps to select music to compliment the intent of the scripture and to develop the spiritual atmosphere within the concert. He will then motivate the choir to achieve those objectives.

The Seton Hall University Gospel Choir started in 1972 as a small group called "Jus Us". This group initially consisted of six individuals. The group changed its name to "Voices United". During the middle seventies The Center for Black Studies began official sponsorship of the choir and it became the Seton Hall University Gospel Choir. The center also offered academic credit for participation with the choir. During the late seventies, a highlight of the choir’s itinerary involved them being selected to perform with the Dance Theatre of Harlem on New York City’s Broadway. During the nineties the choir evolved into its current emphasis, which is ministry. They minister in song, movement arts, spoken word and instrumental renditions. In one recent year they performed once per week in the community at homeless shelters, community centers, churches, schools, colleges, etc. They also offer motivational and spiritual development workshops to community churches and organizations. Today the choir consists of approximately sixty students and musicians.

The Gospel Choir has several alumni who are currently pursuing masters and doctoral level studies in divinity and law programs. Alumni of SHUGC are always present at concerts to join the celebrations. The first Gospel Choir Gala Dinner was held earlier in April.

The faculty Program Director for the SHU Gospel Choir, for the past fifteen years, is the Rev. Dr. Forrest M. Pritchett.

The choir can be viewed on the internet:

For more information please contact:
Forrest Pritchett
(973) 275-2760


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