Rockford College Gospel Choir class performs Nov. 28

Everyone is invited to experience the Rockford College “Gospel Choir” course final “open class” at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 28 at the Rockford College Burpee Center Grace Roper Lounge.

Music performances will include material learned in this fall semester. Adjunct Professor Carl Cole will proudly present the “On Fire” gospel choir students, course assistant Dianna Cole and guest artist Frank Robinson, Sounds of Good News Aurora branch manager, in an evening of “excellence in education and inspiration.”

The Rock County Christian School students of Beloit, Wis., will make a special appearance.

For more information, call 519-7071.

Gospel Choir course

The 1-credit hour “Gospel Choir” course, MUSC 276, is the first of its kind in the history of Rockford College. Incidentally, studies show there are very few such accredited courses in the nation.

After inquiries by music students regarding coursework in gospel, soul and jazz voice, Rockford College Performing Arts Chairman Timm Adams conferred with John McNamara and Dorothy Paige-Turner for a prospective adjunct professor. Carl Cole (“Mr. C”) was the unanimous choice.

Along with his three-plus decades of experience in such genres of music, Mr. C previously taught an accredited gospel choir course at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1998-99. Consequently, he began teaching at Rockford College last spring. This is his second semester.

All current Gospel Choir students have already registered for next semester. According to Adams, after the third semester, the course will become an official regular Rockford College course. For more about the course, contact Adams at 226-4102.

From the Nov. 22-28, 2006, issue

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