2014 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
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.
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