Community Gospel Choir sings for equity and justice |

Gospel music has long been a part of the fight for equity, inclusion, and racial justice in America, and a St. Louis choir is offering singers the opportunity to sue the choir.

The Community Gospel Choir of St. Louis invites anyone who loves to sing to join, whether you read music or just love to sing. Rehearsals are open without auditions and there are no membership fees.

As a diverse group of singers, the choir is a ‘community’ of people who join in the mission to break down racial barriers in our city,” says Suzanne Palmer, Artistic Director and Conductor.

“The Community Gospel Choir prides itself on having singers of all levels of singing ability,” Palmer said. “We provide a variety of tools to help all singers succeed,” she adds.

The choir seeks a commitment but asks for a few visits before a singer makes a final decision.

Weekly rehearsals for the fall semester begin at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, September 12, 2022 at Second Baptist Church, 9030 Clayton Rd. Interested singers can attend rehearsals every Monday. All singers must provide proof of COVID vaccination.

You can find more information about the choir at www.communitygospelchoir.org or by emailing [email protected]

The choir was formed in the summer of 2007, has over 50 members and is recognized as one of the premier gospel choirs in the region.

The choir presents the tradition of African-American spirituals and the energy of gospel music.

“We deliver the messages of hope and joy found in the Good News. It became one of the premier gospel choirs in the area,” Palmer said.

Palmer brings over 30 years of experience in music education and as a conductor. She is a music teacher in the Normandy School District and has worked as a private vocal coach and musician.

She earned a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Palmer was the lead member of The Fabulous Motown Revue’s musical trio Satin for over 25 years and is the founding director of the gospel music ministry ensemble Sistah2Sistah.

Currently, the Community Gospel Choir has four concerts on its schedule:

God loves everyone gospel concert

4 p.m. Sunday, October 16

St. Francis Episcopal Church

602 Rockwood Arbor Drive, Eureka, MO 63025

Bring your lawn chair and cooler, as the concert will take place outside.

Christmas Matinee Concert

2 p.m. Saturday, December 3

Kirkwood United Methodist Church

201 W. Adams, Kirkwood MO 63122

Christmas Concert with Women’s Hope Chorale and the Legend Singers

7 p.m. Saturday, December 3

Kirkwood United Methodist Church

201 W. Adams, Kirkwood, MO 63122

Christmas concert

4 p.m. Sunday, December 4

BridgeWay Church Assembly

11950 Mark Twain Ln, Bridgeton, MO 63044

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