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SUNY Cortland Gospel Choir Plans Fall Concert

SUNY Cortland Gospel Choir Plans Fall Concert


The SUNY Cortland Gospel Choir will present its fall concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23, in Old Main Brown Auditorium.

Tickets for the event, which is open to the public, are $3 for students and $5 for general admission. Complimentary tickets are available based on need. Proceeds support the Gospel Choir Scholarship and Programming Funds.

The concert will feature contemporary and traditional gospel selections and popular American hymns. Cortland A Cappella, directed by Noelle Paley, the director of the Multicultural Life and Diversity Office, will perform, along with the Gospel Choir Ensemble, saxophonist Jamie Yaman, pianist Dorothy Thomas ’77 and the Gospel Choir Instrumental Ensemble. 

The Gospel Choir continues its practice of mixing standard favorites from its repertoire with new selections, which this year include “Battlefield” and “Glorious.”  Returning to the lineup will be “My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord,” “Faithful” and “O Happy Day,” which was made popular by the Edwin Hawkins Singers. Khalia Brown, a junior speech and hearing sciences major, is the soloist for “O Happy Day.”

Cortland A Cappella will present “Amazing Grace,” the spiritual “Wade in the Water,” and “Jar of Hearts,” by Christina Perri. Additional selections will be performed by Yaman, Thomas and the Gospel Choir Instrumental Ensemble.

Robert Brown, a SUNY Cortland adjunct instructor in Africana Studies, will direct the Gospel Choir. Brown teaches music at Blodgett Elementary School in Syracuse, N.Y. He is also music director of the New Life Community Church. Choir musicians are Andy Rudy, Reginald Siegler, and Benjamin Terry, all from Syracuse. Yaman is from Cortland.

The program is sponsored by the SUNY Cortland Africana Studies Department, the Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies, the Alumni Affairs Office, Cortland College Foundation, the Division of Student Affairs, the President’s Office, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Office and the mandatory student activity fee. 

For more information, contact Samuel L. Kelley, professor of communication studies, by email or at (607) 753-4104, or Seth Asumah, professor of political science and Africana studies, by email or at (607) 753-2064.