WSU’s 20th Gospel Music Festival to ‘Make a Joyful Noise’

OGDEN, Utah – Choirs will gather to celebrate and share the joy of music during Weber State University’s 20th Annual Gospel Music Festival in the Val A. Browning Center Austad Auditorium, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

According to Diversity & Inclusive Programs coordinator Andrea Hernández, the theme this year, “Make a Joyful Noise: Twenty Years of Songs, Stories, and Community,” is a celebration of the inspiring and hopeful culture the event exemplifies. It has continued for two decades through the love and dedication of the community.

“Gospel music radiates the spirit of hope and resiliency through the power of storytelling,” Hernández said. “It is a significant form of art, deeply rooted in culture and history, that can be used to bring the community together.”

Nine groups are scheduled to perform at the festival, which is designed to educate and celebrate cultural enrichment. Gospel music contains spiritual messages and oral histories shared during the time of slavery and has heavily influenced contemporary music.

The festival also celebrates the new year and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Attendees will have an opportunity to view an art display in the Browning Center to learn about the vibrant history of WSU’s Gospel Music Festival.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations of canned or non- perishable food items for the Weber Cares Pantry are encouraged. The Weber Cares Pantry provides assistance to WSU students, faculty and staff who are experiencing food insecurity or need resources such as personal hygiene items. To learn more about WSU Diversity & Inclusive Programs, visit weber.edu/diversity.

For photos of the 2018 event, visit the following link.

wsuucomm.smugmug.com/Student-Affairs-Departments/2019-Gospel-Music-Festival

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Contact:

Andrea Hernández, Diversity & Inclusive Programs coordinator
801-626-6957 • andreahernandez2@weber.edu

Author:

Shaylee Stevens, Office of Marketing & Communications
801-626-7948 •  shayleestevens@weber.edu