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About the WPAS Men and Women of the Gospel Choir

Formed in 1991 to celebrate the tradition and inspirational root of gospel music on America’s main stages, Washington Performing Arts Society's Men and Women of the Gospel Choir has demonstrated artistic excellence in this art form through performance of works by local and national composers. The Choir has shared the stage with an array of artists including the late Walter Hawkins, Richard Smallwood, Kurt Carr, jazz legends Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Ramsey Lewis Trio, Sweet Honey In The Rock, and many more. Under the direction of Artistic Director Stanley J. Thurston, WPAS's Men and Women of the Gospel Choir has performed in a host of community events including the National Tree Lighting Ceremony at the White House; The Howard Theatre; The Evolution of Gospel with the Gospel Heritage Foundation; at the State Department for the swearing in ceremony of Her Excellency Gina Abercrombie Winstanley, the Ambassador of Malta; in Fortune’s Bones, a work composed by Dr. Ysaye Barnwell; at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage; the Harman Center for the Arts; at the Hamilton's Gospel Brunch as part of the annual DC Jazz Festival; for the National Cherry Blossom Parade; with the National Symphony Orchestra as part of Joyful Sounds; and many other special community events. “Stellar performances … with one voice, with perfect ensemble, intonation, and diction.” - Cecilia Porter, The Washington Post.

Past Performance
WPAS’ Men, Women & Children of the Gospel Choir at the Kennedy Center (2011.02.20)