About the CSU Chorus
The highly acclaimed Central State University Chorus, under the direction of James Smith, Chairperson has a repertoire encompassing all periods and styles, including black spiritual music.
The chorus has performed in the chambers of the House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate, as well as for the Ohio Music Educators Association. The singers have toured over Ohio, the Miami Valley, the East Coast, Midwest and Southeastern U.S. In 1994, the Chorus performed in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
The group has performed with Stevie Wonder, Albertina Walker, Tremaine Hawkins, Vaclac Nelhybel, and have presented a tribute concert to famed CSU graduate and operatic diva Leontyne Price, as part of the Central State's Centennial celebration in 1987.
In 1993, the Chorus performed with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, resulting in the Telarc International CD, A Gospel Celebration, Amen. The disk was nominated for a Grammy Award, and also featured Jennifer Holliday, Maureen McGovern and Lou Rawls.
The Chorus has also recorded Blue Monday and Porgy and Bess for Telarc and the Cincinnati Pops.
In 1988, the singers performed in Washington for President George Bush, and in 1990-92, they performed on a national Black Entertainment Network broadcast with Bobby Jones.
The Chorus has also recorded with Bill Cosby, Arsenio Hall and the President of Senegal, and have two albums of classicals, spirituals and gospel music of their own.
The singers play a very active role in campus events and serve as goodwill artists and ambassadors in a wide variety of settings, including conventions, banquets and convocations.
In March of 2001, the Central State University Chorus made its first historic tour of England and France. The chorus had the rare opportunity to perform in several of the world's most historic churches and cathedrals including: Holy Trinity at Stratford Upon Avon, St. Paul's Cathedral, the Canterbury Cathedral, the Cathedral of Notre Dame and the American Church in Paris.
Conductor William Henry Caldwell is director of vocal and choral activities at CSU, and has performed across the country as a baritone soloist and choral clinician.
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