Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Check Out Behind The Scenes footage from "Legacy's" Recording!

This week were featured on the main page of Wheaton's Website. Check out a quick snippet of our time in the studio last fall break...

Exclusive: "Legacy" Album Sneak-Leak

Three songs from 25th Anniversary Album "Legacy" have been released as a web preview!

Reserve Your Copy Today!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Tell Your Friends, and Family. Everyone is Invited!

Here's a Promo Commercial for the events happening this spring:

  1. Concert Release Party - March 30th, 2012 @ 7pm Billy Graham Museum. $25 Tickets (Includes Legacy CD, appetizers & refreshments, live music as well as other memorabilia.
  2. LEGACY 25th Anniversary Concert - April 28th, 2012 @ 4pm Edman Chapel. $7 Tickets. 
  3. Red Carpet Event - Following the Legacy Concert. Food, Music, and Memories. $5 Ticket Limited Quantities! Order buy soon!
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The Director's Perspective

Tanya Egler
Choir Director

My life has never been the same since August 1990 when God led the Egler family to pack up our home into a Uhaul and relocate from Cleveland, Ohio to Wheaton, IL.
Sold our home the day before we left town, had no idea where our 3 little children ages 2, 4, and 7 would attend school. My husband Calvin resigned from his position at a major corporation downtown and as a Youth Pastor at our church. And I resigned from teaching kindergarten after 10 years in Cleveland’s inner city. No close relatives in Chicago, would we find another loving church family to worship with? I so enjoyed the Wheaton College Gospel Choir for the first time during African American History Month at my church. We were hosted “Black History at the White House” and GC was on its first President’s Day Weekend Tour. Sis. Davis and her daughter Jenai, one of our youth who was then studying flute at Wheaton’s Conservatory of Music scheduled GC as our special guests from Wheaton, IL, - a place I had never heard of. This multi-culturally diverse choir of students came and sang songs I was familiar with and we immediately bonded in the Spirit during our time of worship. During the offering time I led my choir in the song, When All God’s Children Get Together – What a Time. And what a time we all had!
Rodney and Hasana Sisco, and Professor Darlene Hannah were all traveling with the choir and they were talking to people at an admissions info table. Calvin had been busy applying at various schools and bible colleges and he was very interested in knowing more about Wheaton College. Little did I realize that the wheels were turning in their heads and God was once again ordering our steps! They knew the original students who began the ministry were all about to graduate in only a couple of months, so they were already beginning to wonder who would lead the choir in the next fall semester.
Once my husband was done with the process of applying, interviewing and waiting, my greatest hope was just to be a part of this choir that had inspired me to live a life that glorifies God by bridging the gap between people of different cultures. Fall semester began and God taught me how to “jump in with both feet” during the first auditions process when the choir grew unexpectedly from 33 to 92 students! We have enjoyed pouring into each other’s lives and learning from each other’s experiences. I love the fact that we can still keep in touch and I can witness God in action as students live out their lives for God’s glory! Many have gone on to lead their own music ministries, teach, pastor, counsel, practice medicine, and serve on the mission field. We have many, many GC couples who have met in choir and are now married with their own families. I love chatting with them and seeing their photos on Facebook! One of my favorite things to do is travel and visit alumni in various locations whenever I have the opportunity.
I am so excited to plan this 25th year celebration with our students this year. I am enjoying our times of sharing stories from over the years with our current students. Alumni often stop in our rehearsals and share tour stories and fun times. I will be sharing more on our blog as the months lead up to the Reunion weekend. I am certainly looking forward to ALL of our alumni returning for the REUNION CONCERT on April 28th at 4pm in Edman Chapel. My prayer is that our Gospel Choir family will mark their calendars, begin to book their airline tickets and make plans to attend! This is SO EXCITING! We have a full weekend of events planned in celebration of God’s faithfulness. I can hardly wait to see everyone! Please continue to check our blog and Facebook page for continuous updates. 

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Pre-Order Legacy!

In celebration of the 25TH Anniversary, we are releasing a new CD, Concert/Documentary DVD and Photo Book. Along with the new CD entitled "Legacy" we are offering special packages to our ministry partners that include these new releases plus admission to their annual Spring Concert and Red Carpet Reception!

Friday, January 27, 2012

An Atmosphere Of Energy And Anointing

Chelsea Aldridge  
Junior @ Wheaton
Gospel Choir President

     One thing I know for sure about Gospel Choir is that we are not performers but those who desire to lead Praise and Worship, (which is why I absolute love our concerts!) We don’t just praise God when the concert starts, but moreover by the end of our sound-check we hope to set an atmosphere of energy and anointing; one that our audience will feel invited to join in the praise. There is no doubt that back stage or center stage, GC concerts are Fun from start to finish!
     Choir has become a close part of life here at Wheaton and it's not uncommon to see us doing the following: singing, dancing, stepping, rapping, jumping, leaping, shouting, crying, praying, praising, and ministering the Word of God-- truly God is with us through it all! I love the opportunity of being a part of a representation of what heaven will be like. This is  demonstrated this unique group of students who are culturally and ethnically diverse, who are all unified by their love for Jesus and music. I thank God for blessing our choir with many opportunities to travel and have concerts in multiple places both nationally and internationally. We’ve also had the privilege to build relationships with professional gospel artists such as Israel Houghton, Marvin Sapp, and Fred Hammond, who have also grown to love our choir.
     One of the great blessings in my experience with GC is knowing that during our concerts many people have come to know the Lord for the first time, or have recommitted they're life to Jesus, because they felt encouraged by our ministry. Witnessing such praise reports like this  make our concerts that much more humbling and a blessing to usher God's faithfulness!

Enjoy these clips taken from our fall concert last fall and our choir trip to the How Sweet The Sound Choir Competition earlier in the semester. We met some pretty cool people while we were there ;) 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Recap: Nation Anthem at McCully Stadium

Tiffany Egler
Wheaton Alum 11'
Assistant Choir Director

    Just a few months ago, we were given the great opportunity to sing the National Anthem at Wheaton's McCulley Stadium for a football game. As a gospel choir, we made sure to put our spin on the song as you'll hear on the video. Practicing for the National Anthem was pretty fast paced because the majority of the students already knew the words and the basic melody. My mother, Director Tanya Egler, often does rearranging in the car while running errands, so I'm pretty positive that's how she came up with the arrangement we sang. She decided to give the song a more upbeat and celebratory feel while maintaining a bit of the traditional delivery of the song with a more choral gospel feel at the end. The beat was a little different, the delivery was a little different, but the essence of the song remains the same. We ended rehearsal before the game a little bit early to give  time to walk to the field and get situated. Everyone was excited to sing and show some Wheaton Thunder pride. We had a great time singing and cheering on our team. 
      As we prepare for each semester musically, we definitely listen for the Lord's leading. We look for music that fits the style of our choir, engages our audiences, and most importantly, glorifies God. We stay updated by singing the latest music in Gospel music such as Israel Houghton's Everywhere that I Go, but we also incorporate traditional songs like Oh Happy Day by Edwin Hawkins to keep our repertoire broad and diverse just like the body of Christ. These songs proclaim God's truth and are just plain fun to sing. GC is all about glorifying the Lord, reaching out to others, and having a great time doing it. It only makes sense that the music we sing would do the same. That's what we aim for every semester. 

We're Back and Kickin' 25th Anniversary Shout-out

Ryan Tolbert
Junior @ Wheaton
Publicity Manager & Choir Member 

Hey fam,
   Sorry to leave you all hanging for the last 8 months. It's been a long semester of planing, concerts, and preparing for big events coming up on the horizon. As we changed the banner above earlier this year to indicate a new season, were excited to announce that we have existed in 25 years in God's Faithfulness. This year the Choir celebrates it's  Silver anniversary!  
   On that note we promise to keep you guys updated about some of the great events coming up this spring as well as some of our journey from last semester. We've recorded a Cd that will be released in March, sang the national anthem for the Wheaton football team, met some famous Gospel Musicians and experienced many ups and downs along the way! Stay tuned to hear more and tell your friends. 

Here's a Forward from our Tour Coordinators: Nikki and Koko
Praise the Lord!  GC has reached its 25th Anniversary!  We are so excited for what is in store for this years celebration.  We have already completed recording our latest CD titled LEGACY which will be coming out in March.  The CD features songs written by GC's director Tanya Egler and her family, old favorites and originals written by alumni.  It will be debuted during our Release Party also in March. We will be giving God the glory for His faithfulness of 25 years at our Spring Concert on April 28th, 2012, which will be held in Wheaton College's Edman Chapel.  GC alumni from the past 25 years are invited to join us as well as family members, supporters, and anyone who wants to sing praises with us.  We are also very excited to be hosting our Legacy Ball which will follow the Concert.  Special Anniversary packages are available for purchase on the Wheaton Bookstore Website some of which include: tickets to the Concert and Ball, LEGACY CD, Documentary, and more! Thank you so much for supporting and look forward to celebrating with you.
Stay Tuned!