Aug. 27, 2013. The Appalachian State University Gospel Choir, directed by Keith McCutchen, will present the second annual Boone Gospel Summit Sept. 24-27 at First Baptist Church on King Street in Boone.
The summit will feature Grammy and Stellar-award nominated gospel recording artist and director James Bignon; and Terry Baker, Ddrummer, producer an a member of the Kirk Franklin Band.
The summit is open to anyone from the Boone and campus communities and the surrounding counties regardless of experience or background. It is sponsored by the gospel choir, Appalachian’s Music Industry Studies Program; Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance; Office of Multicultural Student Development; and First Baptist Church.
“We want to offer an opportunity to come together as a community every fall and share this wonderful music as a mass choir,” said McCutchen. “The experience of working with great artists, that also love to share the joy of creating the music, is a wonderful opportunity for us all. It’s a win-win situation for the student population and for the Boone community.”
Local church choirs, directors and musicians are encouraged to participate. The workshop is free to all participants but music and materials may be purchased. Workshop members will form the Boone Gospel Summit Mass choir which will perform with Bignon.
Rehearsals will be held at the First Baptist Church in Boone on Tuesday, Sept. 24 and Thursday, Sept. 26, from 6-9 p.m.
The Gospel Summit Choir Concert will be Friday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. Admission is free but donations will be collected.
Baker will present a drum clinic as well as a session on studio recording for Appalachian’s music industry majors and the Gospel Choir. Baker and Bignon also will collaborate with McCutchen in coaching, arranging and producing music for the Gospel Choir’s fall and spring concerts.
“The goal is to program student compositions as well as arrangements of standard pieces created by the choir, me and our guest,”McCutchen said. “This type of project-oriented programming offers the choir and our officers an on-the-job training opportunity. Students get to do what they love and learn in the process.”