The Savannah State University (SSU) Wesleyan Gospel Choir earned second runner-up in the Competition of Black College Gospel Choirs, which was held as part of the 23rd annual National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation weekend in Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 25- 27, 2009.
The Competition of Black College Gospel Choirs, hosted by legendary gospel music pioneer Bobby Jones of BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel Hour, gives HBCU gospel choirs a showcase for their musical talents.
As the second runner up, the choir received a $1,000 cash prize and the opportunity to perform at the 23rd annual Bobby Jones International Gospel Industry Retreat which is scheduled to be held in Nov. in Las Vegas, Nev., or Nashville, Tenn.
Since its inception in 1971, the SSU Wesleyan Gospel Choir has cultivated a special niche for itself in the local gospel music arena. Well-known for its “fire-brand” style of gospel, the choir’s repertoire includes everything from soul-soothing sounds to the foot-stomping, rousing contemporary sounds of many contemporary gospel artists.
Established in 1890, Savannah State University is on the move to become the best value-added university in the nation.
The university’s approximately 3,800 students are enrolled in 23 undergraduate degree majors and five graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Sciences and Technology.