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Posted: Monday, April 8, 2019 6:19 pm

The Black Gospel Ensemble celebrated Spring and God Friday night with their annual Spring Concert. 

Both students and members of the community alike came to the Duncan Recital Room of Baird Music Hall on the Morehead State University Campus to enjoy the free show.  

BGE is comprised of MSU Students, MSU Graduatesand Craft Academy students, and is conducted by Dr. Roosevelt Escalante, Jr. 

Escalante has been a music education professor for eleven years and loves to see young people grow in their faith. 

“Typically, I just love watching students grow in their faith and grow musically,” said Escalante. “That’s the reason why I do it, because we do a lot, and it's not required for us to do it a lot, but it requires that kind of commitment and number of performances to get students from A to Z as far as growing in their faith.”  

BGE welcomes students of all different backgroundsand religious levels. Escalante said the wide variety of students in the choir is mind blowing, and that BGE is a place to discover yourself. 

“The great thing about us is if you talk to the people in here, we have people on all different levels as far as their beliefs,” he said.We’ve got some who grew up in it and it is second nature to them, and we have some who are just starting to discover it. But that’s what college is about, discovering. And I’m happy to be a part of that.”  

The audience was involved in the performance: standing, clapping and singing along. At onepoint, BGE invited members of the audience to join them if they felt the pull to. 

There were many BGE alumni supporting the ensemble from the audience. Towards the end of the choir’s performance, Escalante asked for all of the alumni in the audience to come down and join the choir for their last song of the night, saying that once you join BGE, you’ll be a member for life. 

MSU student Emily Bowden of Lewis County, Ky, said this is her first semester as a member of BGE and wished she had joined sooner.

She said she has been singing herwhole life, andthoughtmusicwasa very powerful way to get to people. 

“I think music is one of the most powerful ways we can convey the gospel to people. Almost everybody listens to music, and when you portray the gospel through music you can say it in different ways,” said Bowden.Like tonight we sang slow songs, we sang fast songs, we sang songs that didn’t even sound like praise songs and that’s really cool because you can cater to everyone in telling them about the gospel.”  

BGE is a diverse group that welcomes anyone who would like to join; one doesn't have to be a music major. They meet every Tuesday and Thursday in room 214 of Baird Music Hall.

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