Brenda Bailey Powell
Meliney E. Brooks
Jennifer G. Shelton
Isa S. Chu
Barbara Ann Davis
Lindsay K. Elam
Theresa "Cookie" Priester
You will be asked to sing one song of your choice, gospel or secular. You may sing a cappella, or you may bring music and our pianist will accompany you. You will also be asked to sing scales and intervals, which will first be played for you on the piano. Your vocal range will also be measured.
OIGC is a volunteer choir with professional standards, but experience is not necessary. The Director is looking for a certain degree of skill, however, as well as voices that satisfy the musical needs of the choir.
Participants should also:
No. Most of our music is taught by ear. Occasionally, sheet music will be utilized, but the ability to read music is not mandatory.
Because most of our music is taught by ear, an audio recording device is essential. Also, a notebook and pen or pencil is helpful to take notes during rehearsal.
Our mission is to inspire joy and unity among all people through black gospel and spiritual music traditions. We sing black gospel music, including spirituals; traditional, contemporary and original gospel music; gospelized Christmas tunes and classics.
The choir rehearses every Monday evening, 7pm to 10pm. The Choir is on break usually for a month in July or August, and for a few weeks December/January.
Membership dues are $25 a month for 11 months. Dues for members in introductory status is $12.50. After introductory status, members are responsible for paying for their uniform (approximately $400-$450) which includes, but not limited to, robes, formal uniform attire (tuxes for men, and uniform dress and jacket for women), and uniform t-shirts. Members are also responsible for other personal attire such as black pants, shoes, socks, etc. Limited scholarships are available for members who may have financial difficulty.
YES! We have traveled throughout the United States to cities such as Charleston, New Orleans and Seattle. We have also performed in Canada, Australia, Europe, and Israel. Members usually pay their own way with a subsidy provided through the Choir’s fundraising efforts.
Successful completion of the audition is at the sole discretion of the Musical Director, taking the musical needs of the choir into account. Successful completion of an audition grants the applicant introductory membership in the choir which lasts for 3 months, or if needed, at the discretion of the Artistic Director. Introductory members are expected to attend all rehearsals and all public performances.