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Gospel Choir performs Dec. 3 at Appalachian

BOONE— Jason D. Thompson directs the Appalachian Gospel Choir for a Dec. 3 performance in Farthing Auditorium at Appalachian State University.

The program begins at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

The choir is one of the performing groups based in the Marian Cannon Hayes School of Music.

The program will be selected from the following repertoire:

A.L. Jinwright’s “Psalm 23,”

Jermon Russell’s

“In God There is No Failure,”

Hezekiah Walker’s “Faithful is Our God,” the Chicago Mass Choir’s “I’m Blessed,” Andre Thomas’ “Keep Your Lamps,” Roger Emerson’s “Innkeeper,” D. Lawrence’s “Sweet Little Jesus Boy/We Didn’t Know” and other selections.

The Gospel Choir began in the mid-1980s under the direction of Rev. Dr. Willie Fleming.

Its membership has increased from 30 students to more than 100. The choir plans to participate in the 2007 National Gospel Choir Competition in New York and will tour Chicago, Ill., during spring semester.

Thompson is chair of the fine arts department at The Academy at Lincoln: Middle School for Performing Arts and Global Studies in Greensboro, where he teaches courses in choral music and piano performance.

He earned his bachelor of music and master’s of music degrees in music education from UNC Greensboro.