Dr. Thomas A. Dorsey, the “Father of Gospel Music” and writer of over 400 compositions including “Take My Hand, Precious Lord”, founded the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses (NCGCC) in 1933 after recognizing a need to organize gospel choirs collectively into unions. It is recorded in history as the first convention of its kind and continues to thrive eight decades later. Under the current leadership of NCGCC President Dr. Marabeth E. Gentry, the internationally known and respected organization announces plans for their 84th annual session August 5-11 in Baltimore, MD.
“There is great excitement in the air about the convention and I’m so happy about all of the new programs what we have been working on for artists, ministers and gospel music enthusiasts that will attend this year,” states NCGCC President Dr. Marabeth E. Gentry. “We want attendees to obtain a spiritual high and leave with more knowledge about the significance of the Gospel music genre. Our hope is that attendees carry their experience and enthusiasm about Gospel music back to their homes, communities and the world.”
The NCGCC holds their week-long convention each year with the intention to foster and promote an appreciation and high standard of excellence for gospel music and gospel music performance. The organization has scheduled an impactful line-up of daily classes, educational workshops, lecture sessions and nightly concerts featuring Gospel music’s most notable artists including Anthony Brown and Group Therapy, Ricky Dillard, Stephen Hurd, Jonathan Nelson, Maurette Brown-Clark, Patrick Lundy and the Ministers of Music, J.J. Hairston, Jason Nelson, The Baltimore Mass Choir and more.
In addition, a highly distinguished list of guest speakers has been assembled to address the convention throughout the week. Guest speakers include: Rev. Dr. Lester W. Taylor, Bishop Walter Scott Thomas, Dr. Jamal Bryant, Archbishop Alfred A. Owens, Bishop Millicent Hunter and Dr. Donte L. Hickman, Sr.
The NCGCC 84th annual session is for youth and adults who desire to enhance their skill set as a singer, instrumentalist, educator or leader in the area of Gospel music. All convention activities will be held at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 700 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. For detailed convention information and to register visit www.NCGCCinc.com.