CLAP ON! Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir. Photo by Thomas Bethune
EUREKA – Terrance Kelly, the Grammy award-winning director of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, is coming to Humboldt County to lead a day-long gospel music workshop on Saturday, Nov. 2. Participants will learn several gospel songs and have the opportunity to perform them at 7 p.m. that very evening during the annual Harvest Concert by the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir.
All community members who love to sing are invited to the workshop, which will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kelly will lead participants in a fun and inspiring workshop covering key aspects of vocal technique and gospel performance. No experience is necessary.
In addition, Erin Johnson from the Oakland choir will teach workshop participants a simple liturgical dance to accompany one of the songs they will learn.
LEADER Terrance Kelly, director of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, will lead a workshop. Submitted photo.
“We are so fortunate to have Terrance Kelly coming up to lead this workshop,” said Halimah Collingwood, a founding member of the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir, which is organizing the workshop. “He is such a dynamic and gifted director, and everyone will have fun learning from him, whether they are beginning singers or seasoned performers.”
In the evening, the 70-member Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir, directed by Jim Hubbard, will perform joyous and soulful songs at its annual Harvest Concert. Terrance Kelly will serve as guest director for several songs, which will include workshop participants. The AIGC Youth Choir, directed by Lorien Sanchez, will also perform.
Kelly is the co-founder of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, one of the top gospel choirs in the country. Under his direction, the inter-racial and intercultural OIGC has performed with Linda Ronstadt, Lyle Lovett, and MC Hammer, among many others.
The Arcata choir owes its existence to the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. The weekend after the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles in 1992, the Oakland choir performed a concert in Arcata. Local community members searching for a way to address the conflict were inspired to found a choir modeled after Oakland’s.
Over the years, the two choirs have found many opportunities to participate in gospel music workshops and perform together. Most recently, in April the Arcata choir travelled to Oakland for a gospel music workshop organized by Oakland Interfaith, and performed there that evening.
The workshop and concert both take place at the Eureka First Assembly of God Church, located at 1060 Hoover Street off Myrtle Avenue in Eureka.
The fee to attend the workshop and concert is $25 general and $20 for students and seniors. Tickets for just the concert are $15 general and $12 for students and seniors. Admission is free for children under 5.
Concert tickets are available at The Works in Eureka, Wildberries and People’s Records in Arcata, and at the door.
To register for the gospel music workshop or for more information, call (707) 822-4444.