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Troubling the Waters

Do you enjoy singing the Spirituals we have in our hymnal? As we move through this year of exploring Negro Spirituals in our Troubling the Waters initiative, are you interested in learning about the history and power of African-American Spirituals so that you can better sing them during worship? If you would like to participate in a community gathering of other singers with a similar desire, join this intensive workshop on singing spirituals, culminating in a live public concert, The Legend Singers are hosting the 2023 Festival of African-American Spirituals on February 17-18th. 
The Legend Singers are excited to bring as their educator and conductor Dr. Roland Carter, world-renowned composer, arranger, educator retired from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, and owner of the MAR-VEL publishing company, which focuses on promoting the choral music of African-American composers and arrangements of spirituals. 
For a $25 per person registration fee, (registration link: will receive music and rehearsals on Friday night starting at 7:00 p.m. and then Saturday morning starting at 8:00 a.m., with a public concert at 3:00 p.m. that Saturday. There’s also a fireside chat that one can attend virtually on Thursday night with leaders in the African-American choral community. The rehearsals and concert will be held at Second Presbyterian Church in the Central West End part of St Louis. Questions?: Liz Nelson: 314-359-2478.

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