One of the joys of attending Emmanuel Baptist Church in Brooklyn over the past few years has been hearing the glorious choral voices lifted in song. Under the stewardship of Frank A. Haye, Jr., Pastor of the Sacred Arts Ministry for over a decade, the Total Praise choir has performed locally at Celebrate Brooklyn; with Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin at the NBC Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting just last year and as far away as South Africa. I, like many, was sad to see Pastor Haye leave Emmanuel earlier this year but am now delighted to learn that he will helm the newly founded Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir.
The BIC is an ensemble committed to bringing this city together through artistic expression. The ensemble will encourage members of this great city to appreciate, learn and celebrate the diverse cultures which make the City of New York great. “The Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir is a group of performing ambassadors, that will spread the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ through song,” said Frank A. Haye. “The choir will not only perform in the tri-state area, but throughout the United States and abroad. The ensemble will record and minister to different denominations, outdoor music festivals, concert halls and private functions. All members of the ensemble will receive world-class musical training and an opportunity to fellowship with musicians from diverse ethnic, religious, and social backgrounds. Our motto is simple…One Great City, One Great Choir to the Glory of God.”
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and City Council Member Letitia James will formally announce the BIC’s formation at 11am on Thursday, June 10, 2010 at Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street (between Court and Adam Streets.) Open auditions to join the choir begin at Borough Hall just after the announcement from 11:00 am to 4:pm on Thursday. Auditions will continue on Saturday, June 12 from 10:00am to 6:00pm at Elim International Temple at 20 Madison Avenue (between Classon and Franklin Avenues.)
As this is an adult choir all participants must be at least 18-years-old. Those interested in joining should come prepared to sing one of the following songs of their choice acapella for 30 seconds. The list of songs include “Amazing Grace,” “His Eye Is On The Sparrow,” “I Won’t Complain,” “We Are The World,” “I Need You To Survive,” “Speak To My Heart,” “Even Me,” “My Soul Is Anchored In The Lord,” “Jesus Is Love, ” “Center of My Joy,” “Stand,” and “Blessed Assurance.” All participants will be notified of their involvement in the choir following the auditions. All musicians should come prepared to play a song of their choice and participate in a 15 minute interview. Musicians should bring their own instrument(s) to play with the exception of the piano.
The Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir will begin regular rehearsals twice a month for all choir members and musicians in September 2010. Further information on start date, time and rehearsal location will be forwarded at a later date. For information on the auditions, please call 718-307-7808 or email at BICAuditions@aol.com.
I look forward to hearing what promises to be a phenomenal blended choir of diverse voices under the guidance of a gifted director.