Venues / Organizations
LSU Gospel Choirs (Educational)
P. O. Box 85
Baker LA 70704
About the Choirs... These unique music organizations are comprised of men and women from all academic disciplines within the university. They are classes designed as non-confessional courses in African-American culture, which teach African-American art songs, spirituals and gospel music, along with their unique features, preparation, interpretation, and performance practices, culminating in public concerts. The gospel choir was formed in 1978 and is non-auditioned while Ebony was formed in 1990 by Everrett Gordon Parker and is auditioned. Between both choruses a wide variety of music, written and arranged by African-Americans, is authentically rehearsed and performed. 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. Last year, several choir members traveled with Mr. Parker to France appearing as special guests in the Gospel Train Workshop and performing in two concerts in Grenoble. This year three members: Kimberly Bentley, Kendric Dominick and Aaron Williams will accompany him. The choirs have performed for The International Heritage Festival, Bonne Fete, Donaldsonville Community Concert Series, The LSU MLK Commemorative Keynote Program, The LSU Woman‘s Faculty, Harambee, The Joy Of Music with virtuoso organist Diane Bish, The United Way, the Legislative Ecumenical Service, The Governor‘s Prayer Breakfast, Southern Crossroads, The Louisiana State Fair and a Shreveport/Bossier City Tour. Rightfully so, Ebony and The LSU Gospel Choir, are known as The Heart and Soul Of Louisiana, respectively.