Gospel music unionized

Date: 
Wed, 1932-08-17

*On this date in 1932, the first Gospel Choral Union was organized. This was one of the first organizations for the preservation and development of Gospel music.

Founded in Chicago, Thomas A. Dorsey was elected president. Due mainly to the popularity of the gospel choir or chorus, Dorsey organized these them collectively into unions. The success of the unification gave rise to the organization of a convention. Dorsey made contacts with the directors of the out of town gospel choirs and plans were made for a convention of singers. Dorsey along with Theodore Frye, Magnolia Butts, Sallie Martin and Henry J. Carruthers organized the convention.

Almost one year later at the Pilgrim Baptist Church in Chicago, the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses (NCGCC) was organized. Later that month they held their first session, which was the first convention of its kind. Its formal initial name was the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses and Smaller Musical Groups, Inc. Their mission was designed for the betterment of the Christian singer, instrumentalist, educator or leader.

They enable the prepared gospel ambassador; and purposed for the individual to be spiritually motivated to live the message of the gospel song. Still operating globally the NCGCC remain a force in total support on gospel choir and chorus.

Reference:
The Encyclopedia Britannica, Twenty-fourth Edition.
Copyright 1996 Encyclopedia Britannica Inc.
ISBN 0-85229-633-0