By: Carlyn Webb
The Spelman College Glee Club performed Monday, March 7, at The Jean and Paul Amos Studio, at Pensacola State College Campus during their 2016 Spring Tour. Spirit Wisdom, the title of the performance included innovative arrangements of traditional Negro spirituals, several sacred selections and commissioned pieces by the director Dr. Kevin Johnson and assistant director Professor Brittany Boykin.
The Glee Club also performed at Pensacola High School and The Voices of Pensacola Multicultural Center before departing for Jacksonville, Florida on Wednesday. Pensacola High School International Baccalaureate Class of 2104 graduate, and Glee Club member, Kourtney Jones was instrumental in initiating the Glee Club’s visit to Pensacola.
The Spelman College Glee Club has maintained a reputation of choral excellence for more than 90 years. It is an organization that is open by audition to all students of the College community.
The Spelman College Glee Club has traveled throughout the country, performing for a variety of audiences. It has performed in concert halls such as Fanueil Hall in Boston, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, and in churches, high schools, colleges and universities. Their international travels have taken them to Brazil, Canada and Italy. The Glee Club is the primary performance organizing of the College and sings for most campus events. It has had the unique opportunity to perform with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and world-renowned singer Jessye Norman and Yo-Yo Ma, and in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday celebration.
The Glee Club has also been featured on “Performance Today” for National Public Radio, BET Honors with Patti LaBelle, and other featured concerts with Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Jennifer Holiday. A perennial highlight of the Christmas season in Atlanta is the Christmas Carol Concert presented by both the Spelman and Morehouse colleges’ glee clubs.
The Glee Club has been invited to perform at the White House on Wednesday, March 16, 2016.
The Spelman Glee Club’s performance was sponsored by Gulf Power, Pensacola State College Black History Multicultural Committee, The Pensacola (FL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and Highpointe Hotel Corporation: Marriot Courtyard.
Dr. Kevin Johnson, associate professor of music, and chair of the music department is the director of the Spelman College Glee Club.