WCU choir helps mark opening of new national museum

Members of WCU’s Inspirational Gospel Choir perform during the university’s 2015 Homecoming. This year’s Homecoming concert will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center.

Members of WCU’s Inspirational Gospel Choir perform during the university’s 2015 Homecoming. This year’s Homecoming concert will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center.

Fourteen members of Western Carolina University’s Inspirational Gospel Choir traveled to Greensboro recently to lend their voices to a celebration marking the opening of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

The choir presented five songs at “Lifting Our Voices,” an event held at the Greensboro Historical Museum on Friday, Sept. 23. In addition to hearing the choir perform, attendees had an opportunity to view a poster exhibition about the facility in Washington, which is the newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.

The commemorative poster exhibition will be on view at the Greensboro museum through Sunday, Nov. 13. Organized by the Smithsonian’s Traveling Exhibition Service and the new museum, the exhibition highlights key artifacts on display in Washington and tells the story of the African-American experience.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened to the public Saturday, Sept. 24.

Kiara D. Hines, a WCU senior and president of the Inspirational Gospel Choir, said the choir gathers to rehearse for performances each Thursday evening. Advisers for the group are Pamela DeGraffenreid, director of the University Bookstore, and Robbin Brooks, director of systems and procedures in the Controller’s Office.

The choir performed at two local churches in early October, and on Tuesday, Oct. 25, the group’s members will join the University Chorus and Concert Choir for a 7:30 p.m. performance in the recital hall of Coulter Building. The concert theme will be “Songs of the American Wild.”

The Inspirational Gospel Choir also will present a concert around the theme “Gospel Fusion” as part of WCU’s Homecoming festivities at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center.

For more information on the Inspirational Gospel Choir’s activities, contact Hines at kdhines1@catamount.wcu.edu.