Benedict College was founded in 1870 on an 80-acre plantation in Columbia, South Carolina by the American Baptist Home Mission Society. This new school was established for the recently emancipated people of African descent. A branch of the NAACP was founded at Benedict in 1937. Five buildings on the campus are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Gospel Choir specializes in traditional and contemporary gospel, spirituals, and folk music which stems from the Black religious experience. Many who participate in this choir are persons preparing for some form of church vocation. This nationally acclaimed, award-winning choir is a major recruitment arm of the College, and is open to all students by audition or consent of the director.
They sing, they dance, they light up the stage like seasoned performers. This dynamic, energetic, group of young people is one of the southeast's premier choirs. They have performed before audiences in urban churches, rural churches, schools, other college campuses, civic auditoriums, national events, tourist attractions such as "The House of Blues" in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and most recently for the mayor of Kaisershlatten, Germany.
This outstanding choir has performed with various world-renowned gospel artists including, Madame Tramaine Hawkins, Minister O'landa Draper and the associates, Minister Ricky Dillard of the New Generation Chorale of Chicago, Minister Donald Lawrence of the Tri-city Singers, Montage Philone of Chicago, and Elder Norman Hutchins of Los Angeles, California.
The Benedict College Concert Choir has been dedicated to the preservation of African-American music throughout the history of the College. The choir is recognized for its stylistic diversity and originality, performing works ranging from anthems, opera and oratorio choruses, African- American spirituals, classical and contemporary gospel, and interpretations of Broadway and popular tunes. The choir’s credits include performances with poet Maya Angelou, actor Clifton Davis, Gospel recording artist BeBe Winans, the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra, the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, and numerous television and radio broadcasts. Additionally, the choir recorded a holiday video, A Christmas Tribute-1990, dedicated and sent to the U.S. Troops serving in the Persian Gulf War; an inspirational video for Magic Johnson in 1991; and is in current production of its first compact disc.
The choir has grown from thirty-five voices in 1990, to over seventy voices. The ensemble is a highly visible, cultural emissary of the college, performing for an array of school, church, civic, and social entities. The Benedict College Concert Choir has been featured at the National Baptist Convention in Greenville, South Carolina (Fall 1998); The National Congressional Black Caucus Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C (Fall 1998); at two American Baptist Churches USA Biennial Meetings (Des Moines, Iowa-Summer, 1999 and Providence, Rhode Island- Summer, 2001); and, the Newberry Opera House, March 2000 and April 2002.
The touring group of fifty - representative of every academic discipline, campus sororities, and fraternities, student government, student leadership, the NAACP, athletics, and the Honors Program - continues to be a prominent recruitment entity for the College. This dedicated group of students annually spends its Spring Break in recruitment. In most recent years, the group has performed nationally in Orlando, Miami, and Jacksonville, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; New Orleans, Louisiana; Kansas City, Kansas; Detroit, Michigan; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Windsor, Ontario; San Antonio and Austin, Texas.
Seventy-five percent of the performers have earned Service-to-the-College performance awards and academic scholarships
Harold Odom Dance Theatre: This exhilarating show encompasses ballet, jazz, hip-hop, African and Modern dance. Though each section of the performance is inspired by a particular idea, the show revolves around the central theme of African American history.
The group is named in honor of the legendary Harold Odom who began the dance program at Benedict College in 1991. Currently, the company consist of students from across the U.S., each bringing a strong technical background and a wealth of performing experience.
The group has traveled to local schools inspiring kids to get up and dance. They have performed at conventions and special events around the Carolinas and Georgia leaving their audiences astonished.
Concerts * Conventions * Seminars * Festivals * Mini Concerts* Workshops * Master Classes * Celebration* School Presentation
Benedict College Performing Arts Company: http://www.benedict.edu/organizations/theatre_company/bc-theatre.html
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