Oklahoma college choirs unite for concert

Three college gospel choirs will unite for the first time for a Christmas-themed concert set for Saturday Dec. 1 at Oklahoma City University.
From Staff Reports Modified: November 30, 2012 at 12:16 am •  Published: December 1, 2012
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Gospel choirs from three metro-area universities will perform together in concert for the first time on Saturday. The event is free.

The gospel choirs from Oklahoma City University, the University of Central Oklahoma and University of Oklahoma will unite for “One Night with the King” in OCU's Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel.

Isaiah Butler, an OCU student who is president of the OCU Generation Blessed Gospel Choir, said each of the choirs performs their own individual concerts each year during the fall.

He said he had the idea to bring the groups together.

“I wanted a big, large sound,” Butler said, noting that each of the three choirs is small in number.

He said the leaders of the choirs at UCO and OU liked the idea when he approached them about it and they began planning their combined choral effort.

Butler said the concert will feature praise and worship songs. About 40 students, musicians and special guests are expected to perform.

OCU's gospel choir is under the direction of Brian W. Fugett. UCO's Ebony Gospel Choir is under the direction of Am're Ford and OU's Gospel Choir is under the director of Ryan Marsh and Elijah Frederick.

Butler said he hopes the choirs' joint effort will help revive interest in gospel choirs on college campuses.