Purposes of Gospel Choirs and Ensembles in State Supported Colleges and Universities

Young, Sharon
December 2005
Western Journal of Black Studies;Winter2005, Vol. 29 Issue 4, p677
Academic Journal
Gospel Music or good news music is sacred in nature. This musical genre is a derivative of the spiritual, and developed in the Pentecostal church.. Gospel music utilizes the elements of call and response singing, polyrhythms, improvisation and syncopation. Its popularity continues to grow and evolve; particularly on the campuses of state supported colleges and universities. Gospel Music is not only popular in Historically Black Colleges and Universities, but has gained appreciation on the campuses of predominately White colleges and universities. The purposes of Gospel Choirs vary based upon its perceived function in the university environment. The purpose of this study is to describe the functions of gospel choirs and ensembles in state supported historically black and predominately white colleges and universities.


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