By Asia A. Black
The Lincoln University award-winning concert choir will take its talents to South Africa next month.
The trip will take place from April 15 through April 26.
“The students will be in South Africa for a total of 10 days. It takes a day to get there and a day to get back,” said Robert Jennings, The Lincoln University President.
After the head of True Deliverance Ministries of South Africa heard the choir perform on campus, and asked if the choir could perform at an annual convention.
The cost of the trip is about $3,000 per person, and there are 30 students who have been selected to go.
“The Ministries is handling the arrangements and picking up a major part of the cost. I am personally contributing to the cost and the school will help cover some of the rest of the cost, ” said Jennings.
The choir will be traveling to nine cities in South Africa including Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, and Johannesburg just to name a few.
Jennings strongly believes in these students, and certainly agrees that this trip is necessary. “so that our choir can get the international exposure that a choir our caliber needs.”
President Jennings also has plans to build a school in South Africa. He views the concert choir as “ambassadors” for the university because they travel more than any organization on campus.
The students were selected according to the progression within the choir program. They are under the direction of Professor Edryn Coleman.
Students that were selected are more than ecstatic about the trip.
“I am very excited about the opportunity that was presented to me. Though it will not be my first time visiting South Africa, I believe that this international exposure will bring about great things for the university,” said senior Sherelyne Grice.
“This is the first time the choir will be going out of the country to perform. Last year we went to (Los Angeles),” said senior Melissa Quinones.
The choir began preparing for the performance upon returning to school after spring break. Currently, no new material has been discussed or practiced for the performance.
Recently on February 21 at 5 p.m., The Lincoln University concert choir merged with the chamber singers of Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges to produce a collaborative concert.
The concert was free and open to anyone, at Haverford College in Haverford, Pa. in the Roberts Hall of Marshall Auditorium.