Swarthmore's Gospel Choir provides spiritual uplift for performers and audiences alike, especially at performances on campus each semester. Students are drawn by their love of singing and their love of gospel music, and new members are always welcome.
"I joined Gospel Choir because it was presented to me as a choral group where all are welcome; those of the professional caliber and amateur variety alike," says Porsche Poole '13.
"What I never anticipated was becoming much more comfortable with myself. I've caught myself singing aloud quite a few times now that I'm in the Choir, whereas before I would have been too afraid to do so."
"Gospel Choir is great because it allows me time to reflect on God and praise him one of the ways I do best--through song. It also allows me an opportunity to give back to others through performance."
Jalisa Roberts '13
New Orleans, LA.
"What attracted me to Gospel Choir was seeing their concert freshman year. It felt so good to hear and sing along to songs that I haden't heard since coming to Swarthmore, but which at home would be played on a regular basis," says Tiffany Barron '13 from Howell, NJ.
Gospel Choir is a great way to relax and take a break from academics. "It has given me an opportunity to sing without pressure to become anything or anyone and that has in turn boosted my confidence," says Poole '13.
Some of the songs the group is singing this semester are "Healing In His Tears", "They that Wait", and "You are Here".
"Gospel Choir has proven to be a lot of fun, a good chance to hang out with people, sing, and enjoy good music. Even for those who may not be Christians, I think it's a good chance for cultural appreciation," says Barron '13.