USC Upstate Gospel Choir to Draw Large Crowd for Anniversary Concert

February 5, 2010 at 10:07 am

The 140-member University of South Carolina Upstate Gospel Choir will stage their largest performance of the year at the Spartanburg Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom on Sunday, February 7 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Admission is free to the public.

Billed as the choir’s 30th Anniversary Concert, student-singers will celebrate the choir’s many years of joyous and inspirational performances across the Upstate, South Carolina and the globe. Special guest singers include Larry McCullough from Greenville, S.C., Antrina Miller from Spartanburg, and Sharon Oyekan from Atlanta, Ga.

In addition to celebrating the choir’s 30th year, they will also usher in the community’s celebration of Black History Month.

Organized in 1979 by students seeking a way to honor their African-American culture on campus, the choir has performed in churches and other venues across North and South Carolina as well as in major cities such as Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta as well as a five-city tour of Switzerland.

“Students from all over South Carolina make up the dynamic voices of the choir,” says Choir Director Hoyt Bynum, “and the anniversary concert allows the University to showcase all that wonderful talent in an energizing and uplifting way for the entire community to see, hear  and experience.”

Bynum is in his first year directing the choir, succeeding Dr. Warren Carson, who led the choir for the past 25 years, in April 2009. Bynum is also the CEO of Children Shelter of the Upstate.