The Gospel Choir (University Singers 100B) is a non-auditioned group of singers. The class meets once a week on Monday evenings and looks at Gospel Music chiefly from the African American perspective. The class’ objective is to give the student an opportunity to sing and experience the culture’s sacred music. The class sings in traditional voice settings (Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass) and is usually accompanied by keyboard, bass guitar, and percussion.
Meets Mondays from 5:30–7:20pm in Room 268, Meany Hall.
The UW Steelband was founded by Ray Holman, who served as Visiting Artist at the UW School of Music from 1998 to 2000. Since then it has been directed by Shannon Dudley, associate professor of Ethnomusicology. Currently Dudley offers a beginning steelband class every quarter, for which no prior experience is required, and a performing ensemble for more experienced musicians. Members of the performing ensemble include music majors as well as non-majors, and they make a full year commitment to the band. Their repertoire consists of Caribbean dance music—calypso, soca, reggae, and salsa–as well as other styles, and includes some student arrangements. The UW Steelband performs on and off campus throughout the year, including appearances at the Percussion Ensemble and Ethnomusicology Student Association concerts in the spring. For more information contact Shannon Dudley (firstname.lastname@example.org).