Paul Laurence Dunbar Chorale
Brenda Ellis, conductor
The Paul Laurence Dunbar Chorale specializes in the performance of African American sacred music. The ensemble’s repertoire includes spirituals, hymns, anthems, traditional and contemporary gospel music, and classically influenced repertoire from the African American tradition. Other mediums of liturgical expression such as liturgical dance, sign-interpretation, and mime are also included in select performances. Membership in the ensemble is diverse and includes a variety of students majoring in various disciplines, along with nontraditional students and university staff.
The Paul Laurence Dunbar Chorale presents concerts and performances on campus, throughout the Dayton metropolitan community, and through tours to various regions. In 1997 the Chorale was extremely well received in its first international tour to Toronto, Canada. Highlights of the Chorale’s performances include the Art of Gospel Music Series at the Dayton Art Institute, the Wright State University and United Theological Seminary commencements, the premier receptions for the Department of Theatre’s award-winning production if 1913:The Great Dayton Flood, and Harlem Renaissance in Black and White, and the visitation services for the late Wright State University president, Dr. Harley Flack.
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