Berea College Choir and Inspirational Voices of Praise to Present Performances at Mount Union

April 01, 2010

Mount Union College's gospel choir, Inspirational Voices of Praise, and Berea College (Kentucky) Black Music Ensemble will present performances at Mount Union on Saturday, March 29 at 5 p.m. in the Dewald Chapel and on Sunday, March 30 at 10:30 a.m. in the Dewald Chapel during the morning worship service. The Reverend Dr. Ivory Lyons, Jr, assistant professor of religion and African-American studies at Mount Union, will be the guest preacher at the morning service.


"Inspirational Voices of Praise (IVOP) has had the tradition of giving a spring concert," said Barbara Lyons, director of IVOP. "I felt it was time we revived this tradition."

Berea College is committed to providing low-income students from Central and Southern Appalachia with a tuition-free college education. The College only admits low-income students and provides every student with a full-tuition scholarship. The students are all involved in on-campus jobs and have various opportunities for community service.

In the fall of 1969, a small group of African-American students on the Berea College campus organized the Black Ensemble. Today the ensemble is an accredited performing ensemble of the music department with an enrollment of over 90 members. While maintaining the commitment to African-American music and culture, the choir's membership has expanded to include people of many nationalities.

Both events are free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken to help defray Berea College's traveling costs.

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