October 28, 2009
WVU Parkersburg to host "Removin' the Confusion of Gospel Music" workshop on Nov. 14, 2009.
CONTACT: Mary Beth Busch, vice president, Workforce and Community Education, 304-424-8277.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Have you ever wondered why gospel music is so high spirited and what you can do to foster spirituality?
In partnership with West Virginia University at Parkersburg, the Voices of Triumph Gospel Community Choir (Voices) of the Mid-Ohio Valley is sponsoring a workshop, "Removin' the Confusion of Gospel Music." The session is designed to help remove the veil of confusion about Gospel music as well as nurture workshop participants' spirituality.
The half-day program will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 14, in Room 2209 at WVU Parkersburg.
Session facilitator will be Donnie Gresby, a retired educator and musician from Charleston. Topics to be addressed will include the history of Gospel music, diction, articulation, intonation, range, and dynamics. In addition, participants will learn a call and response selection.
Workshop registration fee is $7 per person and covers all materials. Registration information is available by calling (304) 834-2107. Registrations will also be accepted the day of the workshop.
Since 1999, the Voices has been a community-based nonprofit organization. Purpose of the choir is to embrace and embody the cultural, racial, and religious diversity of the Mid-Ohio Valley. The choir has brought people from various backgrounds and religions together. Ensemble members have reached out and served the community by participating in fund-raisers, charity events, community awareness programs, education, supporting the local food pantry, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, funerals, weddings, and families in need.
After being in the ministries for a decade, the Voices decided that it was time to revitalize. For the next year, the choir's aspiration is to "Rediscover the Voices." The Gospel music workshop is a part of the "Rediscover the Voices" initiative.