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“Music Gives Me Great Joy.”

Inner Strength Gospel Choir performs Friday


Every Sunday evening, the Marsh Chapel sanctuary echoes with the sound of 55 voices joined in song.

“I wouldn’t know my life without a choir,” says Shameka Gregory (CAS’08). “When I sing, my entire outlook on the world brightens.” A gospel singer since she was four years old, Gregory is the president of the Boston University Inner Strength Gospel Choir, an interdenominational music group within Marsh Chapel.

Since the choir’s founding in 1973, its membership has expanded from primarily African-Americans to include members of all races, nationalities, and religions. “We’re proud that, even though we’re a decidedly Christian group, we attract singers from all walks of life,” says Herbert Jones, the choir director.

The choir performs two official concerts each year and sings at worship services and various special events, including the University’s annual Martin Luther King Day celebration.

“Music gives me great joy,” says Gregory. “No matter what emotion you’re experiencing, there’s a song that expresses it, and just knowing that someone else has been through that same emotion — that’s very comforting to me.”

The Inner Strength Gospel Choir will perform its spring concert on Friday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Marsh Chapel, 735 Commonwealth Ave. Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the door, and $5 per person for groups of 10 or more. For more information, contact Gregory at greatjoy04@gmail.com.

Edward A. Brown can be reached at ebrown@bu.edu. Vicky Waltz can be reached at vwaltz@bu.edu.


2 Comments on “Music Gives Me Great Joy.”

  • liliana on 04.18.2008 at 10:43 am

    hello people, i am liliana i am 19 years and i came from Portugal, i just want to say that i am very impressed with this area’s gospel caz i am a christian too and i have God in first place of my life. i love Boston University!

  • Edie Goutier on 04.18.2008 at 2:03 pm


    As a member of the inner strength gospel choir it has been my privilege to be a part of a dynamic group which has been my shoulder to cry on literally, my strength when i could not stand on my own and my solace when my heart ached. This choir is perhaps one of the best things that BU has to offer. The people who make this choir are some of the best people with the biggest heart brightest smiles that you will meet. It is because of this choir that I have made it through four years of trials and tribulations. It has been my been my never ending joy and will always hold a place in my heart and soul like no other. It has nurtured my faith in God and has brought me to my final place of peace. Thank you BUToday for doing this peace and sharing my joy and my family with the larger community!

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