New Gospel Choir Ensemble to debut at UT

April 25, 2012 | Arts, UToday
By Staff


National gospel recording artist and UT Music Instructor Ronnie J. Lindsey will debut his new Gospel Choir Ensemble Friday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Special guests for the concert will be Jimmel Stinson, keyboardist, bass player and drummer, who will lead the band, and Lisa Hightower, gospel and jazz singer.

“I am extremely honored to be the musical director for this very historic concert at such a great American university,” Lindsey said. “This will be the first time in the University’s history that a gospel choir has been offered for academic credit. So I want this first concert to be a teaser of what is in store for students in the fall. It promises to be a very powerful, emotional and impactful concert debut.”

Lindsey returned to his alma mater to be the first African-American gospel music instructor. In 2004, he graduated from UT’s University College with a degree in vocal music and management, and continued his studies at Full Sail University, Winter Park, Fla.

The first tenor and sometimes alto has worked with Ricky Dillard & The New Generation Chorale and recently received a Stellar Gospel Music Award with the large choir based in Chicago.

As a member of Our Own Thing Chorale, a group based in Ann Arbor, Mich., that sings spirituals, Lindsey toured South Africa in 2005.

“I sing from my heart and I sing from experience,” Lindsey said. “I want people to have a greater appreciation of God, who has given me everything that I have today.”

Doors for the concert will open at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

For more information, contact Lindsey at 567.868.8380 or the UT Department of Music at 419.530.2448.

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