Trinity’s Gospel Ensemble will be hosting Gospel Fest on Saturday, March 1, at 7 p.m. in the Ozinga chapel. Under the theme “Good News,” the program will celebrate the rich tradition of gospel music while creating an environment of communal worship. The event is free and open to the community.
Gospel Fest will highlight several different pieces, incorporating vocal music, rap, and liturgical dance. Featured acts will include Trinity’s Gospel Ensemble as well as performances by outside artists. Among those are Erick Townsend, lead vocalist of the Christian jazz group, Masque; Zenda Brown, minister of dance at Living Springs Community Church; and Ryan and Stacy Blackburn, worship pastors at Hope for ALL Church of God in Joliet, Illinois. The program will welcome other soloists, youth groups, and rappers.
Directing the event and the Gospel Ensemble is Trinity alumna Nicole Saint-Victor ’12. Saint-Victor has shared her gifts of music and ministry for over 10 years and has served as a youth pastor and Sunday school teacher. Her favorite part of directing Gospel Ensemble is building relationships with students and watching them achieve their goals.
“I have a phrase that I say to my students often, ‘You must live with the music,’” she said. “Being a part of this great event is allowing me to see that phrase come alive as I watch the students go from singing notes and words to singing from their hearts.”
Saint-Victor is hoping audience members will be inspired by the worship atmosphere of Gospel Fest.
“I am hoping that through an assortment of repertoire and styles that audience members will hear and see that gospel music can be sung by all,” she said.
Currently, Saint-Victor serves as the worship director at Living Springs Community Church and resides in Homewood with her husband Greg and two children.
Gospel Ensemble 2014
Sierra Hernandez ’17
Marisa Lopez ’16
Sidney Marks ’17
Jayneisha Marshall ’17
Julianne Miller ’16
Margiree Palmer ’17
Samantha Rodriguez ’16
Talia Strnad ’17
Brandon Taylor ’15, pianist