In the spirit of Thomas A. Dorsey, the “Father of Black Gospel Music” and his legacy which paved the way for so many gospel artist, The Thomas A Dorsey Foundation will host their 79th Annual Thomas A. Dorsey Convention (National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses).Thomas A. Dorsey migrated from Atlanta to Chicago as a young man, thus exemplifying the experience of many southern blacks of his day. His journey is critical in understanding the rise of gospel blues and the role Dorsey’s music played in urban churches. The convention takes place August 4th-10th, 2012 at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, DC.
The convention highlights includes the installation of the first female president, Dr. Marabeth E. Gentry, on Monday August 6th, 2012. The Artelia Hutchins Training Institute (AHTI) offers 25 classes from 8:00–11:00 a.m. Tuesday -Friday. AHTI Lecture Series artists include: The Winslow Singers, Chesapeake Choral Union & Washington Unity Choral Union chapters, AHTI Mass Choir, and Rafealito Ross & Ensemble. Lecturers featured at the convention include Dr. Margaret Douroux, Rev. Leonard N. Smith, Rev. Jeffrey Jackson, and others.
The NCGCC Summer Camp and the Partnership of the DC Boys & Girls Club will sponsor the Urban Outreach & Youth Conservatory of AHTI. It offers free classes and lessons with instructors from Peabody Conservatory, Julliard, and NYU to the DMV area youth, ages 5 – 18, during the week.
Worship Services will be held 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The evening concerts during the week feature guest artists and pastors including Dr. Margaret Douroux, Maurette Brown-Clark, Tanya Dallas-Lewis, Edwin Hawkins, James Fortune, Rev. Dr.Howard, Dr. Derrick E. Roberts, The Chesapeake Choral Union and Dr. Ulysses G. Moye, II.
For additional information on the Thomas A. Dorsey Convention visit www.ncgccinc.com