CSUB to host gospel workshop and concert

April 1, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu

The Doré Theatre will be alive with the hand-clapping and foot-stomping of soulful gospel music on Saturday, April 12 as California State University, Bakersfield hosts a half-day gospel workshop followed by an evening performance.

The workshop is free of charge and takes place from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The evening concert begins at 7:00 p.m. and is open to the public. The $10.00 admission price will benefit scholarships to the CSU Summer Arts program. Tickets will be available at the door.

"Singers and choral directors will be immersed in a half-day music workshop to strengthen vocal technique, performance, interpretation, improvisation, and choral directing," said Evelyn Coyle, event organizer and gospel singer. "It will be an engaging, educational and inspirational day and we encourage anyone interested in gospel music to attend."

The workshop and concert are a preview of the CSU Summer Arts program, "Gospel Singing and Conducting Made Easy: Break it Down for Us" which will be offered June 29 - July 12 at the CSU Fresno campus. The intensive summer program is one of many performance and graphic arts courses offered by the CSU.

The CSU summer workshops are taught by master teachers and professional artists and performers. The gospel workshop will be taught by contemporary Christian music pioneer Edwin Hawkins, composer of "Oh, Happy Day." The CSU Fresno summer program is open to all interested persons who are 17 years of age and older. Students can receive three units of transferable credit for the two-week program, and scholarships are available. For more information about the summer series, please visit www.csusummerarts.org.

CSU Bakersfield is one of three campuses that will host a pre-summer gospel workshop and concert. For more information, please contact Evelyn Coyle at (661) 654-2241 or Thomas Whit-Ellis of CSU Fresno at (559) 278-2646.