York University Gospel Choir

  • June 30, 2024
  • 5:00 pm
  • TD Main Stage - OLG Grove

Part of Gospel at the Grove, curated by Karen Burke and Darren Hamilton

The York University Gospel Choir (YUGC) was one of two unique gospel music courses created at the post-secondary level in 2005 by renowned conductor and educator, Karen Burke. This popular course is open to all York undergraduate students and meets weekly. YUGC annually receives invitations to perform off-campus and also performs on-campus in the beautiful recital halls located in Accolade East Building (ACE). The ACE is located on the Keele Campus of York University and home to the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design and the Department of Music, of which Burke is currently the Chair.

2024-25 will be the 20th year of gospel music course offerings at York University with this Gospel Choir course being one of the longest running. The new YUGC Course Director is Natalie Stewart, who completed her Masters in Ethnomusicology at York University with a research focus in gospel music. Natalie has been a music creative, clinician and educator in Canada for over 25 years.

YUGC members are evaluated individually through small ensemble work, choir performances and vocal evaluations. Besides providing a unique experience for students, other benefits of learning gospel music include vastly improved aural, harmonic and rhythmic skills. YUGC’s performances are often supported by the York University Gospel Ensemble, taught by Corey Butler, who created this exciting addition to York University’s gospel course offerings in 2021.