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Inspirational Gospel Choir

The Inspirational Gospel Choir of Bethune-Cookman College
Daytona Beach, Florida 


The Bethune-Cookman College Inspirational Gospel Choir is an extracurricular activity consisting of dedicated individuals who exemplify a deep appreciation for the music they sing. The choir renders a wide range of music to include rock and jazzy gospel, contemporary and blues gospel, negro spirituals as well as acappella renditions.

This activity, however affords no academic credit or financial aid for the members, or financial restitution for the Coordinator; it being a voluntary organization affording pleasure and satisfaction to those involved.

The Gospel Choir adds to the religious atmosphere of the College and to its many collegiate activities. This organization orginally functioned for the sole purpose of furnishing gospel music for Wednesday evening prayer meeting and was organized by the Pentecostal students. Since that time, its purpose has broadened to include gospel music for recruiting campaigns in order to portray a religious image of the college,as well as raise enthusiasm in prospective students for entering Bethune-Cookman College.

Out-of-town concerts are normally scheduled for weekends, while local community concerts are during the week. Such scheduling causes students the least interruption of their academic endeavor. Many concerts are performed in Florida, however, the choir travels throughout the United States.

During the Spring Vacation period, the choir schedules a ten day tour which include performances in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, North and South Carolinas, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio, and New York. Some of the Gospel Choir's crowning achievements were performing for The American Dental Association in Orlando, FL in September 1996; Participating in the celebration of McDonalds Restaurant's opening of their 25,000th store; Being invited to participate in a Black History Month celebration by the United States Navy at Naval Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California; Performing for Walt Disney Corporation in Orlando, Florida on numerous occasions and having the distinct honor of being invited by Mrs. Tipper Gore, wife of the Vice-President Al Gore to perform at the Fifty-Second Inaugural Prayer Services in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 1993. Only three choirs in the United States were invited to perform and the Inspirational Gospel Choir from Bethune-Cookman College was the only choir invited from Florida.

Performances and rehearsals are under the leadership of the Musical Director and Coordinator, even to include the making of recordings. All previously made recordings have been sold, indicative of the popularity of the choir. Rehearsals are normally conducted in Kottle 101. The Choir, in effect, competes strongly with other musical organizations on campus for prestige and audiences attention. Rules are published for the edification of the choir members and vigorously enforced.

The choir membership is composed entirely of students, which has been true from its origin. The directors, during the period of the Choir's existence, has been students, however the need has mandated that a full time Musical Director be hired by the Coordinator of the choir. The choir recently added a female chaperone to the staff to assist with student supervision.

There was an article published recently in the Bethune-Cookman College campus newspaper, THE VOICE OF THE WILDCATS; the article, written by a non-choir student,was entitled, "Gospel Choir: HEAVENLY MUSIC." The choir presently has a CD available entitled,"Songs Of Inspiration." The members of the choir write some of their own music, permitting the pleasure of creativity while avoiding the complications of copyright laws when the choir makes recordings.

For information regarding sponsorship, please contact Mr. Ervin Ross at (386) 481-2560 or write to:

Mr. Ervin Ross, Jr., Coordinator

Inspirational Gospel Choir

Bethune-Cookman College

640 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd.

Daytona Beach, Florida 32115

Music Clips of the Choir Below:



Mission Statement:
The Inspirational Gospel Choir is a ministry that ministers in song. The choir blesses the Lord by blessing others. Our goal is to reach as many people as possible who do not know Jesus Christ. The choir enjoys singing praises to the Lord and ministering to the souls of people. We hope that someone might be helped or encouraged by the songs that we sing. The Gospel Choir lives by this motto: "I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth" Psalms 34:1