A CD from the Essence of Joy Alumni Singers
I’m listening right now to a new recording from the Essence of Joy Alumni Singers, a CD released just in time for the group’s annual performance at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.
The group is, as its name would suggest, a group of Penn State alumni who sang in Essence of Joy when they were students. (It’s actually an officially chartered alumni interest group, or AIG, of the Alumni Association.)
Like Essence of Joy, the Alumni Singers have a repertoire that includes “sacred and secular music from the African and African-American tradition.” The song that’s playing for me in iTunes right now, for example, is one from Sweet Honey in the Rock called “No Mirrors in my Nana’s House.” This is the group’s first CD, and it was recorded live at performances between 2007 and 2010.
The singers will perform Friday night at 7 in State College Presbyterian Church, in a concert sponsored by Barbara Palmer. They’ll have the new CD available for sale there, and you can also find it at CDBaby online.
If you can’t catch the group tomorrow night, they’ll be back on stage Oct. 16 (the Sunday afternoon of Homecoming weekend) at University Park, and there are some concerts scheduled in the Harrisburg area the following weekend. Details here.
Current president of the Essence of Joy Alumni Singers is Brandon Miller ’05. Thanks especially to Tom Bonsaint ’02, the group’s VP for advertising/marketing/PR, who called my attention to the new CD.
Tina Hay, editor