Imagine the power of 200 voices raised in chorus. Now imagine that power expressed through gospel music.
The York University Gospel Choir joins forces and voices with three other choirs in a rafter-raising celebration of gospel music as part of the twelfth annual Gospel Inter-Varsity Explosion (G.I.V.E).
Music Professor Karen Burke, founding director of the York University Gospel Choir, is the powerhouse behind G.I.V.E. Joining the York choir is the U of T Gospel Choir conducted by Lisa Toussaint, the McMaster Gospel Choir led by Pascal Adesina and Timi Agiri and the Humber Gospel Choir conducted by Brad Klump.
The concert will feature performances by all four choirs, first individually and then as a massed Gospel choir co-directed by Burke and Tousssaint and backed by a professional rhythm section directed by Corey Butler.
“G.I.V.E. is a unique platform in Canada, bringing together and showcasing gospel choirs from various Canadian post-secondary institutions. The individual performances are so exciting, and then when the choirs all sing together on stage — it’s an experience not to be missed!” says Burke.
A renowned singer, choral director and composer in the field of African-American vocal music, Burke is recognized as an authority on the history and performance practices of gospel music. She has worked with many major choral ensembles and organizations, including the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Youth Choir, the Ontario Music Educators’ Association, Ontario Choral Federation/Choirs Ontario and Poland’s Pro Novis Foundation. She co-founded the Juno Award-winning Toronto Mass Choir, a gospel choir that has been touring and recording in Canada since 1988.