College used to have a relationship with the United Methodist
Church; some graduating students went on to become preachers.
When that link was broken around 30 years ago, a spiritual void
was left within the campus community. Even the position of "college
chaplain" was dissolved.
In the fall
of 1994, Dr. Margaret Boudreaux, Music Dept. Chairwoman and
the Director of the College Choir, approached Eric B. Byrd about
starting a gospel choir. Byrd had just graduated from Western
Maryland College (now McDaniel College) in 1993 with a music
degree. After repeated denials, Byrd finally relented and agreed
to start a new 1 credit college course entitled Gospel Choir.
The objective of the class is to teach spirituals, traditional
and contemporary Black Gospel Music. The first rehearsal was
held in the Fall of 1994 with 17 singers; as of the Spring of
2004, the choir has 80+ members. (next)