Gospel Choir Concert
The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Gospel Choir on Saturday, April 23 at 7 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams campus. This free event is open to the public.
The Williams College Gospel Choir celebrates its 30th Anniversary Reunion Concert, titled “Why We Sing.” People of all faiths are invited to celebrate with the choir as they sing such classics as “He Turned it On” by Tye Tribbett, “Thou Oh Lord” by The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, and “Watch Me” by Deitrick Haddon, and many more. The choir is advised and directed by Avery Sharpe, who also leads a band that includes a full horn section. The evening includes a video that looks back over 30 years of gospel music at Williams, and includes alumni collaboration pieces.
For new listeners, a spokesperson for the choir offers an apt description and mission statement of the Williams Gospel Choir: “When it comes to Gospel Choir I believe that our audiences and members can expect to be touched by the songs we sing because each of the songs in their own exudes a thirst for and reverence for spiritual fulfillment. We sing to lift people up, to inspire them and touch them with our music in ways that genres apart from Gospel can’t. We are open to all audiences and hope to encourage people to allow music to become a healing and divine part of their lives. We believe that our voices are meant to serve the purpose of spreading a ministry of love and by singing, we are allowed to minister vocally. Singing gives us hope and strength and we hope that our audiences can experience these same feats through listening.”
The Gospel Choir is directed by Sharldine Desire ‘16 and is advised by Avery Sharpe, Artist Associate with the department of music.