The Hope College Gospel Choir will present its annual spring concert on Saturday-Sunday, April 5-6, at 8 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.
Tickets are $5 each, and may be purchased during weekday business hours at the college's Campus Ministries Office, located at 129 E. 10th St. The office is normally open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the hours will be limited to 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. from Friday, March 14, through Friday, March 21, because of the college's spring break. Any remaining tickets will also be available at the door.
The event is titled "I'm the Resurrection and the Life," and will feature live recording for a compact disc release. The concert will feature special guest vocalist Jaye Thomas of Charlotte, N.C. Additional participants will also include Silent Praise; Sacred Dance; Hope's new Drama Ministry; and the Rev. Dr. Tim Brown, who is the Hinga- Boersma Dean of the Chapel at Hope and the Henry Bast Professor of Preaching at Western Theological Seminary.
The Hope College Gospel Choir started in 1970 as an extension of the Black Student Coalition. In 1992, Vanessa Allen and Darnisha Taylor became co-directors and formally organized the choir.
Taylor served as director until the spring of 2001. In the fall of 2001, Christopher J. Kingdom-Grier accepted the position of director. He holds a bachelor of arts in visual and performing arts, with a concentration in vocal music, and a master of education in educational leadership with a concentration in higher education administration. He has several years' experience providing leadership to large organized choirs.
The Hope College Gospel Choir's mission is to glorify God through worship. The choir's members come from different backgrounds, cultures and denominational experiences to join together to worship using dynamic media such as Black Gospel and Contemporary Christian music.
Additional information about the concert may be obtained by calling the Campus Ministries Office at (616) 395-7145.