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I certainly agree with the choir director about not having a group perform that is not a formal part of the school curriculum. It can be very undermining to a program and to the music curriculum. Those types of things tend to draw students away from the choral program. As Becky Jarman wondered the administration should be in full support of the choral teacher and the choral program. I notice you wrote this at the early part of December and hope the situation has been resolved. If the choral teacher wants to add a gospel element to an existing choir for one or two pieces that could then be part of the curriculum and music education and could be a way to teach another style of music. But to have an only gospel choir that someone else is heading up will not build the choral program or add to the curriculum.

LeAnna Willmore
NAfME, Choral Education Council Chair