Founded over 25 years ago, the UCSB Gospel Choir is known for its exciting performances of traditional and contemporary songs drawn from African American religious tradition. The choir’s current director, Pastor Victor Bell, has led the group since the late 90s, and continues the legacy set in place by previous directors Dr. Diane L. White-Clayton and Pastor Jimmy Fisher. The choir is regularly asked to perform at university and community events, and has been featured at prestigious events such as the Chancellor’s Reception at UCSB, the opening ceremony of the UCSB Art, Design & Architecture Museum, and the Gospel Music Workshop of America’s annual convention. For the choir’s 25th anniversary, the group celebrated by inviting over 100 alumni back to UCSB to perform with the choir, which was led by all three of the choir’s current and former directors. The choir has recorded an album, ‘Praize Party on the Yard,’ and several of its members have been featured on television shows such as ‘The Steve Harvey Show,’ ‘American Housewives,’ and Cedric the Entertainer’s ‘The Soul Man.‘
UCSB Gospel Choir 25th Anniversary Reunion Concert (June 3, 2016) with Pastor Victor Bell (Director) and soloist Dr. Diane L. White-Clayton (UCSB alumna). Photo by Matt Perko.
Music A70V / A170V / A270V (Ethnomusicology Ensemble)
Director: Victor Bell
Class time: TBD
Class location: Music Room 1145