The Citadel Gospel Choir to hold 20-year reunion concert
The Citadel Gospel Choir will hold a 20-year reunion concert at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, March 15, in Summerall Chapel as part of Corps Day Weekend festivities.
Created in February 1988 by three cadets—Tommy French, Kenyetta Jackson and Charles Wallace—the early Gospel Choir only performed a couple of times a month and did not have a pianist so most performances were done a capella.
Today the Gospel Choir has 25 members who are culturally and racially diverse. The choir regularly performs at the Veteran's Hospital in Charleston and during Martin Luther King Day celebrations at area colleges. For the past two years, the choir has participated in the College of Charleston Gospel Choir's annual concert in connection with the MOJA Arts Festival. The group also has performed at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., at Lowcountry children's homes and hospitals and at homeless shelters in the cities of Baltimore, Md., Washington, D.C., Jacksonville, Fla., Birmingham, Ala., and Miami, Fla.
“Not only have the cadets performed in these unconventional venues, but have they undertaken community service projects such as volunteering in homeless shelters and assisting in food and clothing donation drives,” said Gospel Choir Director Charles McDonald. “Sharing their talents at children's homes, hospitals, and shelters has become such a rewarding part of the choir's tour schedule that the cadets actually prefer it to performing at other venues.”