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St. Alban's 2012 Lenten Arts Program


St. Alban's believes that arts is a ministry. The Lenten Arts Program, features local music, plays and art during the five week period between Lent Ash Wednesday and Easter. The Wednesday evening begins with a Holy Eucharist Healing service and soup dinner before each program.

6:00 PM Holy Eucharist Healing

6:30 PM Soup Dinner

7:00 PM Arts Program


The 2012 program featured Irish Music, an organ concert, spiritual & gospel music, sculpture and a choir concert, outlined below:

  • Wednesday, February 29: An Evening of  Spiritual & Gospel Music
    The Jubilee Singers, Hinds Community College, Utica Campus

  • Wednesday, March 7: An Evening of Sculpture
    Dr. Sam Gore, Sculptor, Mississippi College

  • Wednesday, March 14: An Evening of  Drama
    John Maxwell, Playwright & Actor

  • Wednesday, March 21: An Evening of Irish Music
    Sandra Melsheimer and Bridging the Gap

  • Wednesday, March 28: An Evening of Choral Music
    St. Alban's Church Choir, Joan Leese, Organist

The Jubilee Singers, Hinds Community College, Utica Campus, will present An Evening of Spiritual & Gospel Music on February 29th. The internationally famous group under the direction of Dr. Bobby Cooper follows in the tradition of the original Jubilee Singers organized in 1925.

On Wednesday, February 29, 7:00 p.m., the internationally acclaimed Jubilee Singers of Hinds Community College, Utica Campus, will perform at St. Alban’s Church. The historic men’s choir is under the direction of Dr. Bobby Cooper who is celebrating his 40th year of devoted service to the school.

“This year will mark my 40th year as choir director at Hinds Community College in Utica, Dr. Cooper commented. “I’m looking forward to a full season of performances. I’m also excited about seeing and visiting with many of my former students who will be returning to share in the yearlong celebrations.” Dr. Cooper’s reputation as a first rate choral director is widespread. The students who take part in the Jubilee Singers demonstrate his skilled leadership with their outstanding performances.

Dr. Cooper arrived at Utica Community College in 1972 to teach in the music department. After learning the “musical background” of the colored institute, he decided to revive the Utica Institute Jubilee Singers, an organization of singers that dates back to 1925 and the earliest history of the Utica Normal and Industrial Institute for the Training of Colored Young Men and Women.

As early as 1926, the group began making bus tours of the United States. The money they received for concerts helped to help support the Utica based school. The singers, whose style was inspired by the Fisk Jubilee Singers of Nashville, performed in New York as well as other major cities across America. Those memorable performances helped to establish Utica Institute as one of America’s premiere institutions for the advancement of colored students.

In 1972, after Dr. Cooper joined the Utica College faculty as music instructor and choir director, he revived the name, Jubilee Singers, and accepted the challenge of reestablishing the unique style of singing popular during the 1920s. “The early singers performed Negro spirituals to help raise funds for the school during the 40-year Holtzclaw era,” stated Cooper. “I was so moved by the original group’s history, dedication and purpose, I felt compelled to revive the unique quality of the historical plantation-era music.”

To attain the unique quality of the original Jubilee Singers, Dr. Cooper worked from the original music sheets of days gone by. Today that unique sound has become the hallmark signature for the group. In keeping with the original Jubilee Singers (1925-1926), the talented singers receive accolades from audiences all across America as well as abroad.

Prior to the performance a Healing Service will take place in the nave at
6:00 p.m. followed by a soup dinner in the Parish Hall at 6:30. Come and enjoy the performance and let Dr. Cooper know how much we appreciate his wonderful work with the young people for the past 40 years. He is an unsung hero.


Dr. Sam Gore, Mississippi College will present An Evening of Sculpture on March 7th.

John Maxwell, playwright and actor, will present An Evening of Drama on March 14th. 


March 21st, in keeping with St. Patrick's Day, Sandra Melsheimer
and Bridging the Gap will present an evening of Irish Music.












The St. Alban's Church Choir under the direction of Joan Leese, Organist,
 will present An Evening of Choral Music, on March 28th. 


The Very Reverend Billie Abraham, RectorThe Reverend Deacon Josie Williams

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