UO offers free preconcert workshop for high schoolers

Andiel Brown leading the UO Gospel Ensemble

A free preconcert workshop on Jan. 25 for high school students will be part of the UO’s events honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

The workshop precedes “Higher Heights, Deeper Love: A Celebration of Gospel Music Concert Remembering the Love, Leadership and Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” a music event taking place that evening.

The preconcert workshop features Callie Day, gospel and opera singer, educator, and member of the American Spiritual Ensemble; UO School of Music and Dance professor Sharon Paul, Robert M. Trotter Chair of Music and director of choral studies; and UO School of Music and Dance faculty member Andiel Brown, instructor of gospel choirs and ensembles. The workshop is from noon to 5 p.m. in Room 250, Clinical Services Building.

High school students will have the opportunity to sample the styles and techniques of chamber, classical and gospel music. No music experience is needed. Students also can learn more about the UO and the college experience through a panel session on academic majors, scholarships and student life.

High school students and chaperones who preregister by Jan. 10 and attend the workshop will be provided a free dinner and concert ticket.

The concert takes place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Matthew Knight Arena. It features nationally renowned gospel singers Pastor William McDowell, Phil Thompson and Day, as well as the UO Gospel Choir. Tickets are available through the Knight Arena box office, 1-800-932-3668 (WEBFOOT) and online.

The concert and preconcert are presented by the UO Division of Equity and Inclusion with co-sponsors including the Office of the President, Division of Student Services and Enrollment Management, Clark Honors College, Lundquist College of Business, Oregon Humanities Center, Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, College of Design, Office of Institutional Diversity at Oregon State University, and Nancy Golden.