BGSU to host annual Gospel Fest PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 January 2013 10:59
The Bowling Green State University Gospel Choir is hosting its 10th annual Gospel Fest with performances Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.
To mark the milestone, special guests and alumni will join the BGSU choir.
The event kicks off Friday with College Night, when all of the participating university gospel choirs from across the state will perform.
The following morning, the more than 200 students who performed Friday will come together to create a workshop choir, which strengthens the bounds of fellowship among the singers. "I still stay in contact with the friends I made from different universities," Gospel Choir President Rebecca Shakespeare said.
The university students then will showcase the songs during the Night of Worship Saturday  starting at 6:30 p.m.. The three national recording artists, high school choirs and special groups from all across the country will also perform.
Single night tickets are $7 for students and alumni and $11 for the general public. Tickets for both nights' performances are $11 for students and alumni and $15 for the public. They are available at the Information Desk, which is located on the first floor of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.
Among those joining the BGSU choir will be performing artists Amante Lacey, Jonathan McReynolds and KJ Scriven, the Dayton Faith School of Praise Dance, and college Gospel Choirs from Akron University, Cedarville University, Ohio University, Ohio State University and Wright State University.
"We definitely had to take it to the next level," said Ashley Lewis, vice president of the Gospel Choir and coordinator of the event.
Last April, Lewis and the festival's committee came together to discuss how to make this year's student-run event special to mark its 10th anniversary. They wanted to include alumni to preserve tradition and created the slogan "The Blood Still Works."
Lewis has reached out to alumni to get their input and advice on how to make the event successful, and many will attend the weekend's festivities.
"It is exciting, but it takes a lot of work, time and attention," Shakespeare said. On College Night, "we get to see other schools do what we love to do, which is singing."
Singing in the Gospel Choir is a powerful experience, according to Ashley Edwards, a senior majoring in film studies and Gospel Fest publicity chair. She said she found strength and rededication to her studies and her faith through being surrounded and supported by peers who understand the challenges she faces. "I encourage everyone to come to this beautiful event that has changed lives for more than 10 years."

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