University Gospel Choir: Sewanee Praise
Founded in 2006 by Tim Moore C’06. Sewanee Praise has endeavored to minister the Gospel in song to the campus and surrounding communities of the University of the South. The mission of the choir is two fold. First, embody the Gospel’s message of inclusiveness. The choir’s diverse membership is made up of students, faculty, and community members from various ethnic backgrounds and experiences. Second, provide a performance outlet on campus for Gospel music. The choir’s repertory covers Spirituals, Traditional and Contemporary Gospel, Contemporary Christian, and Praise and Worship.
The choir is featured each semester in one concert that occurs on campus. The fall concert is generally the choir by itself, however in the spring semester, the choir performs with a visiting gospel artist, or as part of a gospel showcase that includes other gospel choirs from the surrounding community. During each semester the choir also tours the surrounding communities of the college performing at local churches and various venues as requested.
Since the fall of 2011 Sewanee Praise has been under the direction of Prakash C. Wright, Teaching Associate Professor of Music in the Music Department at Sewanee.