It’s all about Glee! and we’re not talking Sue Sylvester here. Long before Fox’s hit series Glee! started popularizing polyester track suits and making it just as cool to croon as throw the winning touch down, the women of Spelman College were traveling all across the nation inspiring and uplifting any person lucky enough to sit within earshot.
For over 50 years the group has performed to standing room only crowds, including it’s annual Christmas Carol Concert presented by both the Spelman and Morehouse College Glee Clubs. The audience swells to over 6,000 for the three nights of these festive concerts.
Its repertoire consists of an eclectic mix of sacred and secular choral literature for women’s voices with special emphasis on traditional spirituals, music by African-American composers, music from many cultures and commissioned works. The 80-voice group is made up of students from Spelman, and over the years has performed at concert halls such as Fanueil Hall (Boston), the Brooklyn Academy of Music (NY), Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center and in churches, high schools, colleges, and universities. Their international travels have taken them to Brazil and Canada.
On Friday, March 18th at 7:00 pm, the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College (NAASC) will present a free concert in Charlotte, NC, at the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Donations will be accepted and will benefit the Spelman Charlotte Chapter’s inaugural Dovey Johnson Roundtree Scholarship Fund. Roundtree is a Charlotte native and a class of 1938 graduate of Spelman College. She spent over 50 years as a civil rights and criminal defense lawyer and an AME minister.
You can obtain more information or to listen to clips of the choir here.