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May 28: Pentecost Sunday Celebration – In Biblical times, Pentecost Sunday occurred 50 days after the celebration of Easter Sunday. Join Maria A. Ellis as she discusses Pentecost Sunday and associated music. Enjoy songs from The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Milton Brunson, and the Chicago Mass Choir.

May 21: Good News! – The word gospel means “good news”. This week we will focus on songs that are inspirational, hopeful, and share that good news! Enjoy works from Yolanda Adams, Cece Winans, and John P. Kee.

May 14: Gospel Music for Mom – On this Mother’s Day, Maria celebrates motherhood with uplifting musical selections from Shirley Caesar, John P. Kee, and Tye Tribbett. 

May 7: Gospel Samples – As we learned last week from Dr. Raymond Wise, gospel music has been known to borrow from other genres of music. This week we will highlight gospel music that does just that! Enjoy works from James Hall, Aretha Franklin, and Richard Smallwood.

American Gospel is a weekly program hosted by Maria A. Ellis, the conductor of The Sheldon’s All-Star Chorus.

About Maria A. Ellis

Maria A. Ellis is a music educator and choral conductor with more than 20 years of choral music experience. She has been called a “master educator and a force of nature” by Dr. Jim Henry, University of Missouri- St. Louis. Ms. Ellis has served as the Arts and Administrative Fellow for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, worked for the St. Louis Children’s Choirs and is the Founding Conductor of The Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries’ City of Music All-Star Chorus.

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