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Gospel Music Festival Brings Singers Together at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — Young gospel singers from 13 high schools in Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York will join together on Saturday, April 5, for the 9th annual Ithaca College Gospel Invitational Music Festival. Free and open to the public, the event will begin at 8:15 p.m. in Ford Hall in the James J. Whalen Center for Music.

Directed by Baruch Whitehead and Janet Galván, both Ithaca College School of Music faculty members, the festival will include guest clinician Gregory Henry Hopkins, artistic director of the Harlem Opera Theater and assistant professor of voice at Howard University in Washington D.C. The Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jeffery Meyers, will collaborate on the concert.

“This festival is an opportunity for people to take a journey that transcends religion, politics or race. There is something about gospel music that touches everyone who is involved, both performer and listener,” said Whitehead. “I believe the festival helps us all realize the important contributions of African-Americans, and the music that sustained their journey and afforded them a peace of mind and spirit. We seek to experience the totality of human emotions and spirit through the avenue of gospel music.”

For more information, contact Jenny Stockdale, marketing communications manager in the School of Music, at jstockdale@ithaca.edu or 607-274-3256.



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