Quinnipiac’s Gospel Choir is celebrating and singing its way into its third year in existence.
It has grown dramatically over the past three years and has gone from six to about twenty-six students in the course of a single year.
Despite the organization’s growth, it is still considered to be a “start up”club. However, members of the Gospel Choir are working on touring as a singing organization.
In the spring, the Gospel Choir went on a trip to Central Connecticut State University. In addition to traveling, the group plans on reaching out to greater audiences putting on shows that are free of charge to the public.
Joining the organization is simple. Students can come to a weekly meetings in BC 129 on Tuesdays.
Many students feel that it is convenient, with their class schedules, to be able to participate in a club that meets just one night a week.
The meetings are held at 8 p.m. and students interested in joining can meet with pianist Elliot Moore.
Moore works with the kids to find their voice range; he also accompanies the choral group with their songs.
Treasurer of the Gospel Choir, Betsey Kurian, said the group is still mostly unknown. However, according to Kurian, this will change as more students join.
“The more the merrier,” Kurian said.
A junior in the program, Celeste Simmons has been involved in the program since freshman year.
“I like getting to know other students,” Simmons said.
“The choir is a good way to make friends, and I am happy that the student body has been so receptive,” she continued.
“It is immensely important [to have a gospel choir on campus], it broadens horizons,” junior Christian Shaboo said.
“It is not just the status quo for student clubs, most colleges would not have it. It is a great thing,” Shaboo continued.
In September, the Gospel Choir had a ‘back-to-school drive’ for the New Haven Recovery home. This was the organization’s first big event.
During the fall, the choir is planning to have a clothing drive for the same recovery home.
Rudwin Ayala, a freshman, feels the organization is not only beneficial for those who like to sing, but also for the atmosphere it provides: “Having a gospel choir on campus is really important, both for singing purposes and for the message it carries. It is important to have somewhere to go to express yourself.”