Gospel Choir/Ebony Renaissance Chorale (MUS 4230)
Rehearsals: 4:00 – 5:30 pm Mon & Wed in SOM 115
These unique music organizations, conducted by Everett Parker, are comprised of men and women from all academic disciplines within the university. They are non-sectarian courses in African American culture designed to examine black art songs, spirituals, and gospel music. The focus is on the music’s unique features, interpretation and performance practices, all culminating in preparation for public concerts. The LSU Gospel choir was formed in 1978, admitting students without auditioning, however, students are required to audition for Ebony Renaissance, formed in 1990 by Everrett Gordon Parker. Between both choruses a wide variety of music, written and arranged by African-Americans, is rehearsed and performed in the authentic style. Aside from the regular concert series, both groups are in demand statewide for public, private and corporate events. Together, the choirs are part of a component that expands the school’s musical offering and increases the opportunities for diversity of music exposure and expression across the university community. In 1996 the LSU Gospel Choirs toured France, playing to sell out audiences in more than 5 cities, including Paris. Contact Everrett Parker for more information.