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Ithaca College School of Music to Host Gospel Music Festival

ITHACA, NY — Some 250 young gospel singers from high schools in Maryland, Florida and New York will join forces on Saturday, April 9, for a public performance at the sixth 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. The concert will be the culmination of two days of rehearsal and instruction.

Directed by Baruch Whitehead and Janet Galvan, both Ithaca College School of Music faculty members, the festival will include guest clinician Linda R. Hall, choral director at the Baltimore City College High School in Baltimore. The Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jeffery Meyers, will collaborate on the concert.

“Sponsored by the School of Music, this event will give deserving underrepresented students a rare opportunity to be taught by and work with luminaries of gospel music while taking part in gospel music’s rich heritage,” said Whitehead. “The singers participating in this concert were highly recommended by their teachers. They come from areas where they don’t have opportunities to perform in select groups, let alone work with acclaimed clinicians and teachers. This will be a wonderful experience for everyone involved.”

For more information, contact Molly O’Shea in the School of Music at or (607) 274-3370.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation should contact the School of Music at (607) 274-3717 or as much in advance of the event as possible.