By Dana Amihere
The sweet sounds of praise filled the Porter Studio Theater earlier tonight as Wesleyan’s Voices of Praise took the stage. Their concert also included the first performance of Movement of Praise dance team.
Fellow students, family, and friends of the groups filled the theater to offer their support. Besides sitting back and enjoying the music, audience members were encouraged to clap and sing along. For their last song, the choir invited the audience to join hands with them and sing in worship together. Voices of Praise’s repertoire included both contemporary worship songs accompanied by the piano and drums as well as a few familiar hymns sung a cappella.
Formerly known as Gospel Choir, the group was recently re-established on campus. They changed their name, elected officers, and began publicizing their group more widely across campus. According to Dontashia Smith, president, and Miranda Whitehead, vice-president, the group has steadily been gaining notice from the Wesleyan community.
This was the first official concert as Voices of Praise on campus but not their first performance. Last Sunday (October 18), they sang for a packed house at Chapel. They performed for more than 70 people, the biggest crowd for Chapel so far this year. Additionally, they are continuing to fundraise so that they may do more with the group and advertise to build up a reputation. “We want this to be a group people know about,” said Smith. “We want to continue to spread this ministry on campus in the future.”
Movement of Praise is affiliated with the choir and also performed. Dressed in all white, the three dancers gracefully moved across the stage. Their interpretive dance, like the concert, had an air of reverence, worship, and joyful praise. With such talent and an intense passion for what they do, Voices and Movement of Praise will undoubtedly continue to draw attention at Wesleyan.
Click on the links below to hear 2 songs performed at the preview concert on October 23, 2009.