ON THE RIVER AT 801 SOPHIA STREET IN DOWNTOWN FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA
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Celebrating God's grace
Front row in photo (from left)
Kelsie "McArthur" Deane
Troy Thompson III
Reggie D. Lucas
Second row in photo (from left)
William "Billy" Lassiter
Sondra "Dickey" Keane
Third row in photo (from left)
Back row in photo (from left)
Rev. Ronald Cooper
The Gospel Choir
A music that reaches deep into the soul
Shiloh Old Site's Gospel Choir sings at the 11 a.m. service on the third Sunday of every month, enthusiastically offering music that grows out of the members' own relationship with Jesus.
Members lift their voice in song, not only because they want to praise the name of God but also because that in lifting their voice in song, they will strength the courage and commitment of others who are seeking to live as faithful disciples of the One who forever longs to set the captive free.
A brief history of the choir
The Gospel Choir had its beginnings in 1964 when Mrs. Marguerite Young agreed to direct a new music group for young people from the congregation who wanted to sing for the Lord. The group was originally called the Youth Choir. Mrs. Evelyn Boyd served as the group's first pianist.
In 1968, Dr. Gilbert Coleman became its pianist, and his wife, Mrs. Pearlie Coleman, initially served as director. Dr. Coleman continued as pianist for 22 years, and during some of those years, Mrs. Bernice Easley served as director. During this time, the name of the group was changed to the Young Adult Choir.
In 1987, Ms. Shelby Johnson began serving as director. In 1993, Mrs. Karen Bumbrey joined the choir, and also served for a number of years as director. From 1993 through 1994, Mr. John Washington also assisted with the director responsibilities.
In 1990, Mrs. Phyllis Nelson began serving as pianist, continuing in this role until 2009.
It was in the late 1990s that the name of the group was changed to the Gospel Choir.
In about 2010, the choir welcomed its current pianist, Mr. Vincent White. He is assisted by Mrs. Elaine White as director. In addition, Mr. Shelton Johnson often adds to the richness of the music by accompanying the choir on his saxophone.
Serving with exuberance and enthusiasm
In addition to its service on the third Sunday of each month, the Gospel Choir often performs at other churches and venues, having traveled as far as Chase City and Harrisonburg in recent years.
Rehearsals are normally held on Tuesday evenings, and the choir, which is perhaps the music group with the largest membership at Shiloh Old Site, is known both for its active practices and spiritied performing. Both in its rehearsals and in its singing during worship serices, it always seeks to be about God's business.
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