The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir is a multi-cultural, sixty-voice ensemble that performs a gamut of African American gospel music traditions. Reaching 25,000 people annually, the choir tours extensively locally and internationally, engaging with social service organizations and religious institutions. Through its Youth Gospel Choir, the organization provides opportunities for young people to improve their lives through the arts. With the recent hiring of a new executive director, the organization is poised for the coming grant period to take on more ambitious artistic challenges; prepare for its upcoming thirtieth anniversary, featuring a 400-voice choral work; and expand its audience in the region.
About the Grantee
1212 Preservation Park Way, #200, Oakland, CA, 94612, United States
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for general operating support
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir is dedicated to sharing Black gospel and spiritual music with diverse audiences. The organization comprises seven choirs, including the professional Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, a community choir, and numerous youth choirs. In a typical year, the professional choir performs more than 30 concerts to audiences of more than 60,000 in theaters, schools, outdoor events, community centers, and correctional facilities. The five youth choirs and two in-school choir classes serve elementary, middle, and high school students. Together, the choirs include more than 300 adult and youth singers. This grant to Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir advances the Performing Arts Program’s Communities strategy.