USC Upstate News

USC Upstate Gospel Choir to Draw Large Crowd for Anniversary Concert

01- 08- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - The 140-member University of South Carolina Upstate Gospel Choir will stage their largest performance of the year at the Spartanburg Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom on Sunday, February 1 at 4:00 p.m. Admission is free to the public.

USC Upstate Gospel ChoirBilled as the choir’s 29th Anniversary Concert, student-singers will celebrate the choir’s many years of joyous and inspirational performances across the Upstate, South Carolina and the globe. In addition to celebrating the choir’s 29th year, they will also usher in the community’s celebration of Black History Month.

Organized in 1979 by students seeking a way to honor their African-American culture on campus, and directed by Dr. Warren Carson since 1984, the choir has performed in churches and other venues across North and South Carolina as well as in major cities such as Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta as well as a five-city tour of Switzerland.

“Students from all over South Carolina make up the dynamic voices of the choir,” says Choir Director Dr. Carson, “and the anniversary concert allows the University to showcase all that wonderful talent in an energizing and uplifting way for the entire community to see, hear  and experience.”

Carson will be stepping down as director of the choir after 25 years at the conclusion of the spring semester.

For further information, contact Dr. Warren Carson at (864) 503-5634.