*** See feature story from the Springfield News-Leader below
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Evangel University Concert Choir has been invited to join legendary vocalist Sandi Patty on stage for two nights in Branson, Missouri.
The choir will sing backup for the Sandi Patty Christmas Show at the Oak Ridge Boys Theatre, on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22, 2014.
Sandi is the most awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music history. She has earned 40 Dove Awards, five Grammy® awards and four Billboard Music Awards. She has released more than 30 albums, including three platinum records and five gold records, and she has sold eleven million units.
She was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2004 and was named an Indiana Living Legend in 2007.
The Evangel University Concert Choir is under the direction of Sharon Wilkins, associate professor of music.
During the past 30 years, the concert choir has toured in the 48 contiguous states, Canada, Cuba, the Bahamas and 15 countries in Europe.
The concert choir has also been honored to give solo performances at Carnegie Hall in 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2008, and it has performed for Presidents Reagan and Bush and Vice President Cheney.
Although Sandi Patty began her career in 1979, she was introduced to the rest of the world with her rendition of The Star Spangled Banner during the rededication of the Statue of Liberty in 1986.
Virtually overnight she became one of the country’s best-loved performers. Her version of the national anthem has become synonymous with patriotic celebration, including performances at “A Capitol Fourth” with the National Symphony, the Indianapolis 500, the Dedication of Camp David Chapel, and ABC’s Fourth of July Special.
While her career is heavily rooted in the gospel music industry, Sandi has had the opportunity in more recent years to extend her career outside the genre. Sandi has performed with symphonies across the country, including the New York Pops, Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Dallas Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony, and Oklahoma City Philharmonic.
About Evangel University
Evangel University, with the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Christian university committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the church and society globally. Evangel and AGTS serve more than 2,300 students from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries, offering 70 undergraduate majors and 19 master’s and doctoral degrees.
*** Dec. 8, 2014 — Spotlighted in the Springfield News Leader