Listen: Celebrating 40 Years of Song

Members of the Alumni Gospel Choir gather in prayer on the steps of the Friends Meeting House before their 40th anniversary concert this spring.

The Swarthmore College Alumni Gospel Choir recently performed its 40th anniversary concert in the Swarthmore Friends Meeting House on campus. Members of the student choir joined the program, which also featured solos by Sandy Epps-Flint ’79, Marsha-Gail Davis ’10, Gerald Cox ’78, and choir director Vaneese Thomas ’74, among others.

“When we were students, the choir was our cultural, spiritual, and educational refuge,” Thomas says. “We needed each other for everything, so the concept that we'd still be singing together is not so far fetched. There's also the need to mentor students as we were mentored. We're committed to that.”

In May, the choir begins a week-long trip to China that will include performances at Shanghai Normal University and the Xi'an University of Arts and Science. Two students, Jalisa Roberts ’13 and Carolyn Maughan ’12, are accompanying them.