The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is thrilled to announce the upcoming 2024 Spring Tour of its internationally acclaimed Vesper Choir. Under the expert direction of Mr. Jerron A. Liddell, the choir will captivate audiences in Nashville, TN, Charlotte, NC, and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area from March 17 to March 24, 2024.

The UAPB Vesper Choir, a distinguished traditional college choir, boasts a repertoire that spans diverse stylistic periods, welcoming experienced singers from various backgrounds. Known for their exceptional performances, the choir covers classical choral literature, spirituals, contemporary choral pieces, choral jazz, and gospel selections. Participation is not limited to music majors and minors; auditions, interviews, and recommendation letters ensure a high caliber of talent.

The choir’s tour kicks off on March 17 in Nashville, TN, with appearances at Mount Zion Baptist Church‘s Antioch and Old Hickory Campuses, followed by an evening concert at the National Museum of African American Music at 4:30 p.m. On March 20, the choir will grace St. Paul Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC, for a worship service and revival at 7 p.m. March 23 sees the UAPB Vesper Choir joining the UAPB Washington DC Metro Area Alumni Chapter for a Founders Day Brunch at 10 a.m. at the Renditions Golf Course in Davidsonville, MD. The tour concludes on March 24 with a Palm Sunday Service at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Arlington, VA.

Founded in the 1940s by Professor Ariel Lovelace and conducted for over 40 years by Professor Shelton J. McGee, the UAPB Vesper Choir has achieved international recognition, performing in Italy and Spain and garnering praise on radio and television. The 35-40 member select ensemble continues its rich choral tradition, showcasing the talents of students with diverse musical backgrounds.

The Music Department at UAPB offers a range of performance ensembles, including the Vesper Choir, Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, and Wind Symphony. Membership is open to all students through auditions, providing a unique opportunity for growth and artistic expression.

For more information about the UAPB Vesper Choir and their 2024 Spring Tour, please contact: Mr. Jerron Liddell, Director, Vesper Choir, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, by email: [email protected]