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Gospel Choir of the University of Virginia

May 30th, 2011 by Black Gospel Choir

Black Voices Gospel Choir

 

Black Voices, a gospel choral ensemble, was conceived and established by engineering student (Rev.) Reginald C. Dance (class of 1975). In order to nurture his love of music and use his talented tenor voice, Reginald joined an existing University choral ensemble- the all male UVA Glee Club. Whereas his participation was somewhat satisfying, he began to realize that black students were accustomed to or needed to sustain their spiritual growth on this predominately white campus. Reginald began to consider what he could do to provide an outlet that would keep black students in touch with their religious upbringing and ongoing spiritual growth. Seeking spiritual enrichment at a local church in Charlottesville called Holy Temple Church of God in Christ, It’s pastor, then and now, is Rev. C.H. Brown. Reginald established a friendship with one of the sons of the church family, Nehemiah Brown, who sang and played the keyboard. Never formally taught, he played with such fervor that it greatly impacted the congregation’s involvement in each service. Reginald began to brainstorm his plan of creating a small choir that would feed the spiritual and social needs of the University’s black students. The seed that was planted and nurtured over three decades ago has grown to become the strong, successful choir of today.

For more historical detail and information about the choir please visit UVA Black Voices

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