More than 60 students gather four times a week as members of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Vesper Choir to hone their impressive vocals in preparation for performance. Directed by Dr. Michael Bates, interim chair for the Department of Music, the ensemble continues their schedule with appearances in Arkansas and abroad.
Organized in 1945 by Ariel M. Lovelace, the Vesper Choir is a service organization that has performed for significant campus and community events, schools, churches, and community organizations around the state of Arkansas and internationally. With a mission that is cultural, artistic and educational, the group has produced a long line of distinguished singers, performers and professionals in other work fields and academic including Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, prominent theologian, pastor and author; Smokie Norful, Grammy award-winning contemporary gospel artist and pastor; and Mr. James McKissic, internationally renowned concert pianist.
Having already performed for Watkin Chapel MBC, Camden-Fairview Middle School and East Arkansas Community in January and early February, the remainder of the schedule is as follows:
Feb. 16 | Whispering Knolls Assisted Living Center| 11:00am (Pine Bluff, AR)
Feb. 17 | Brown MBC | 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM (Southaven, MS)
Feb. 19 | Chancellor’s Convocation |10:30am (HPER Complex)
Feb. 24 | St. Paul MBC | 3:00pm (Dermott, AR)
Feb. 26 | Youth Motivational Task Force (YMTF) | 11:00AM | J.M. Ross Auditorium
March 1 | Hamilton High School (Memphis, TN)
March 3 | Indiana St. Baptist Church | 4:00 PM (Pine Bluff, AR)
March 15-25 | Spring Tour
March 31 | St. Mark Baptist Church | 6:00 AM (Little Rock, AR)
April 6 | Upward Bound Concert | 6:00 PM (Arkadelphia, AR)
April 25 | Founders’ Convocation | 10:30 AM
May 3 | Spring Concert | 6:00 PM
May 11 | Spring Commencement | Pine Bluff Convention Center
For more information, call the Department of Music at (870)575-7001.