On Friday, April 6, 2018, Newcomb Hall Theater was alive with the stirring sounds of praise as the acclaimed, student-run Black Voices Gospel Choir presented their annual spring concert. Founded in 1972, Black Voices is one of the oldest Black student organizations and remains the only gospel choir on the grounds of the University. It has since evolved into a versatile choral ensemble boasting a wide array and repertoire of spirituals, traditional hymns, and contemporary gospel. The choir is open for membership to all students on Grounds and to members of the broader UVA and Charlottesville communities. Throughout the history of the choir, the Black Voices Gospel Choir has worked to promote comfort and fellowship for student, using Christian fellowship as a tool to help resolve tensions and unite the University community. Particularly for black students,Black Voices has been a historically significant organization.
Gabrielle Stanfield, Black Voices President, said, “The warmth and sincerity with which the concert welcomed me my first year has been my inspiration to continue to lead the choir towards greatness today! I am so grateful for my BV family and my only wish is that more students would come to know the wonderful community that is Black Voices."The choir’s open doors and enrollment have helped make it a safe place for all interested members, ensuring that all singers and those who wish to worship are welcome. Black Voices Gospel Choir welcomes anyone to its weekly rehearsals on Thursday evenings at 7 PM, regardless of experience or ability, to be part of its Christian family and part of an invaluable support system that can help people navigate the trials and tribulations of college while sharing love with the world around them.