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Gospel Music Resounds in a Performance by the Conference Choir of the AME Zion Church

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)February 3, 2005

(Mahwah) – Share the joy of gospel music when the highly acclaimed Conference Choir of the AME Zion Church returns to the Sharp Theater at Ramapo College of New Jersey, Saturday, February 26 at 3 and 8 p.m. Directed by Ramapo College Professor Mack Brandon, the premiere mass choir of the AME Zion Church features the best gospel voices from around the state and will explore the beauty and resonance of the gospel music tradition. The Ramapo Gospel Chorus also will appear as guest artists.

The Conference Choir of the AME Zion Church is a community choir in that it is made up of members of churches throughout the state,” says Brandon. We’re like a family, we really enjoy singing together.” In the seven years since its founding, the choir has performed nationally and has established a reputation for presenting a spiritual and welcoming program.

The choir will sing a mixture of repertoire ranging from traditional spirituals to contemporary gospel selections,” says Brandon. The challenge of the program is to reflect the interest of a diversified gospel audience, while staying true to the genre’s roots.” The Ramapo Gospel Chorus, also directed by Brandon, will join the Conference Choir onstage for several songs.

Tickets for the performance are $21 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $12 for youth. The Sharp Theater is located in the Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts on the Ramapo College campus. For more information call 201.684.7844. This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Niche.com.

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com. Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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