St. Joseph Gospel Choir - A Brief History
The St. Joseph Gospel Choir has been truly blessed to serve the parish of St. Joseph for 38 years. The choir was formed in 1976 to introduce gospel music into the Mass at the historic African-American church in Alexandria, Va., that turns 100 in 2015.
When the choir debuted, little did anyone know that God’s plan would widen its level of service outside the St. Joseph community. Today, the choir is regularly requested to sing for Masses and in concerts and services at churches throughout the Washington metropolitan area, and beyond.
During its biannual cruises, underway since 2008, the choir has sung at stops in Barbados, St. Lucia, Spain and Italy. The choir travels to Raleigh, NC, annually to appear in concert that benefits foster children in surrounding Wake County, and wraps up the weekend by providing music for the Sunday Mass at Raleigh’s St. Joseph parish.
Twice (in 2002 and 2013) the choir raised its sounds of praise at the Arlington Diocese’s Cathedral of St. Thomas More. In 2011, the choir sang during the Arlington Diocese’s EWTN- televised pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. The group also traveled to Hampton, Va., in 2010 and 2011, for concerts and Masses at that city’s St. Joseph’s parish.
Several founding members continue to lend their vibrant voices to the choir. Through the years, other St. Joseph parishioners have become proud, thankful additions to the choir’s decades-long tradition of service.
The ensemble has compiled a wide repertoire of music, spanning traditional and contemporary gospel, spirituals, hymns, and anthems. The St. Joseph Gospel Choir remains fully committed to delivering joyous shouts of praise and soft, comforting harmonies of blessed assurance in the name of the Creator Father, His Redeeming Son, and the Comforting Holy Spirit!
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