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The University of Olivet Gospel Choir enjoyed traveling to Detroit on a high school recruitment tour over spring break. The choir traveled to several schools across the Metro Detroit area, including Cass Technical High School, Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School, Mercy High School and North Farmington High School.

This tour was meant to be a recruitment trip, but to the choir members, the trip meant so much more. “This trip gave us a chance to grow and feel important,” said senior Brionne White. “There were a lot of firsts for a lot of us. Some of us never stayed at the type of hotel we stayed at, and some of us never ate at the type of restaurants we ate at. Going to North Farmington and bonding with the high schoolers is something that you can’t replicate.”

When the choir was not making connections with high schoolers, they traveled to places in Detroit that most people have yet to go. They visited the Detroit Opera House, The First Congregational Church to tour the Underground Railroa and the Motown Museum. They were even acknowledged on the jumbotron when they attended a Detroit Pistons game! The purpose of these visits served as both a learning experience and to provide entertainment to the choir. But somehow, the Gospel Choir found a way to become the entertainment themselves at many of these locations by giving impromptu performances, leaving an impression on the people at each stop. The choir also gave impromptu performances at the restaurants they visited, including Original House of Pancakes, Coney Island and The Vertical.

Sophomore Mekailah Abram said, “I felt nervous at first because it was my first time doing pop-up singing like that, but I also felt very comfortable because of the people I was surrounded with.”

“I think we all felt a little closer to one another and a bit more cohesive,” Kwamise Taylor, director of the Gospel Choir, said. “My personal feelings are that I have a host of adopted children. I care about them in this manner and am committed to their success as productive members of society. The students are stuck with me forever!”

If you are interested in auditioning for the Gospel Choir, contact Professor Kwamise Taylor at KTaylor@uolivet.edu. Learn more about The University of Olivet by contacting the Office of Admission at admissions@uolivet.edu or 800-456-7189.

This feature was written by senior Caleb Arthur, marketing and multimedia student associate. He is the secretary, treasurer, and social chair of Alpha Phi Kappa, a member of the OC Gospel Choir, and a media production and communication major who aspires to operate his own Detroit-based production company.

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