Interfaith Choir on PortFest 2003 Mainstage at 1:50
The sound of the Oakland
Interfaith Gospel Choir has been described as the personification of
love. Under the direction of Terrance Kelley, this multiracial,
interfaith group of 55 vocalists can bring an audience to its feet
with its gospel message of hope, joy, and unity. The Choir has
performed on three Grammy Award-winning albums: Linda Ronstadt’s
Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind; Hammer’s Too Legit To
Quit; and Tramaine Hawkins’ Tramaine—Live. Bay
Crossings spoke with Kathleen
Enright, spokesperson for the Oakland Interfaith Choir.
The people of the City of Oakland
have given us a rich gospel music heritage, and it is important to
us to honor that legacy. In addition to regularly performing at
benefits supporting local nonprofit organizations, we take our role
as unofficial good will ambassadors of Oakland very seriously. We’ll
be appearing May 25 at the California Music Awards taking place in
Frank Ogawa Plaza. That event will be a free concert intended to
shine a positive light on the City of Oakland in the national media,
as well as to foster inspiration to the community in the form of
teamwork, discipline, and art.
Our Annual Christmas Concert at
the Paramount Theatre seems to have become an Oakland tradition, and
we always provide tickets to local nonprofit organizations. We also
donate a portion of the proceeds to Oakland Pot Luck and we support
Project Open Hand’s activities in Oakland.
There are many outlets available
to inexperienced singers. I would say that if you want to sing, you
probably can. You just need to place yourself in the right
environment. Chorus singing is a good way to start because you’re
not alone, and with the right director, you’ll actually be
receiving singing lessons as you go along. A new national study,
commissioned by Chorus America, finds that choral singing is the top
choice for participation in the performing arts by adults and
children, with an estimated 28.5 million regularly performing in a
chorus. The study also estimates the number of choruses in the U.S.
to be 250,000—considerable opportunity to get started
So if you feel like singing,
eating, laughing, and just enjoying life, on Saturday, June 7th,
come on down to PortFest 2003 at Jack London Square in Oakland.