We are PROUD to announce that the Bennett College Choir will be perform at the 2019 General BMCR meeting during our Black College Fund Luncheon. You will not want to miss this event or performance. Save your seat by registering today. Follow this link for registration: Registration
THE BENNETT COLLEGE CHOIR has developed a reputation for being one of the outstanding female choral groups in the country during its 90+ year history. Members of the choir are from various disciplines within the College. Students accepted for membership must successfully pass an audition, show promise of increasing development in vocal musicianship, have an acceptable grade point average and exhibit enthusiasm for choral music. Bennett College is one of eleven predominantly black United Methodist Church-related institutions of higher learning in the country, and The BENNETT COLLEGE CHOIR proudly performs at regional, national and international activities of the United Methodist Church and community-related events.
The BENNETT COLLEGE CHOIR has had the privilege of being led by a long list of amazingly talented directors. One of the most illustrious of those was the distinguished composer, conductor and educator, Dr. R. Nathaniel Dett, who wrote several compositions for the Choir and arranged others from his catalog of works for mixed voices. Additionally, the choir has a vast performance history and has had the opportunity to perform for President Bill Clinton during the 50th Anniversary Gala of the United Negro College Fund Annual Meeting and at the opening of Africa University; with the Georgia Mass Choir during the 2004 spring Bennett College Choir tour; for Oprah Winfrey, Coretta Scott King, Bob Dole, Andrew Young, Jesse Jackson and Judge Glenda Hatchett. The Choir has recorded several compact discs, including Raising Our Voices In Celebration featuring Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole
reading the poetry of Mari Evans.
Currently, the Bennett College Choir is under the direction of Bennett College alumna Dorthea Taylor who also serves as an Instructor of Music and Sheila C. Johnson Professorship in Fine Arts. She holds a Master of Music in Sacred Music, Choral Conducting and Voice Performance from East Carolina University and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Bennett College.