Making a joyful noise: MCC Gospel Choir presents fall concert

The MCC Gospel Choir, a Christian-based ensemble composed of musically talented students from diverse academic programs and backgrounds, will present its fall concert Sunday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. in the College’s McCain Theater.

This Arts & Letters Series presentation is open to the public, and admission is free of charge.

Under the direction of the Rev. Scotty Cole, this musical group unifies through song and studies various worship styles. The repertoire consists of spirituals, anthems, contemporary worship and gospel music.

Some of the featured songs for the Nov. 17 concert include Great PraisePsalm 23I Made It OutMy God Fights For Me and Everyday is a Day of Thanksgiving.

Deborah Nettles, the group’s faculty advisor, said the MCC Gospel Choir gives students an opportunity to share their talents through the expression of gospel music and to fellowship with others while serving as musical ambassadors for the college on and office campus. The choir rehearses twice weekly and performs at churches and events throughout the city and community.

A concert is presented at the end of the fall and spring semesters.

Organized in the 1970s as a student-led organization under the direction of Henry Granger, the MCC Gospel Choir has also been directed by minister William Myles. Founding advisors were Vivian Naylor and Ardra Govan.

Members of this year’s ensemble include Johnniessia Clemons, Aaliyah Davis, Jasmine Elaire, Jhonna Franklin and Anin Hunt, all of Meridian; Tymeisha Brewster and Simone House, both of Toomsuba; Ka’Lyn Dale of Porterville; Edward Holliday of DeKalb; Brandasia Mosley and Kenneth Ward, both of Lauderdale; Lori Hutchinson of Hamilton; Audrey Shackelford of Columbus; Jamell Bluester of Birmingham, Ala.; Kailah Jenkins of Aberdeen, MD., and Kelen Mark of Franklinton, La.

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