About the Gospel Choir
The mission of the United States Naval Academy Gospel Choir is to offer musically talented midshipmen the opportunity to sing gospel music together, form bonds of mutual encouragement, and to support outreach efforts of the Naval Academy and the Naval Service at large utilizing Music, Ministry, and Mentorship.
The USNA Gospel Choir is an upbeat, inspirational musical ensemble. Comprised of midshipmen from various locations, races, and creeds, the Gospel Choir is reflective of the diverse interests and ethnicities within the Brigade of Midshipmen. The common bond between its members is musical talent and a passion to praise through song. The choir travels to a myriad of professional, cultural, and religious venues across the United States.
Encouraging growth and continued success of the Gospel Choir is one of the Naval Academy's ways of acknowledging the rich culture of the African-American heritage. Embracing this heritage is important to midshipmen and gives them a vehicle to educate others in the Brigade. This education process extends past the gates of the Naval Academy to reach communities, towns, and schools. Through performances and touring, the Gospel Choir supports diversity outreach and minority recruiting efforts for the Naval Academy and the naval service at large.
What makes this Gospel Choir special?
The USNA Gospel Choir was founded in 1985 for midshipmen who saw consistent fellowship, praise, and worship as sustaining factors to ensure success at the Naval Academy and throughout their lives.
The Gospel Choir is accompanied by some of the best professional musicians that the Washington DC and metropolitan areas have to offer.
The Gospel Choir recorded its debut compact disc "Down by the Riverside" in 1996 followed by "Glory and Honor" in 2002. The compact disc was dedicated to the victims who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, including 14 Naval Academy graduates. The choir recently recorded its third album entitled "In His Presence" that was released in 2006.
The Gospel Choir travels all across the United States annually to spread the word of Jesus Christ through song, and to assist with the outreach efforts of the Naval Academy. The Gospel Choir has often traveled to Atlanta, GA for the Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday celebration and has performed in the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ministered.
In addition to enduring the rigorous Naval Academy life, which consists of scholastic achievement, physical fitness, leadership, character and ethics training, and professional development, these midshipmen share their time, experiences, and talents to serve as mentors and an inspiration to youth.
Upon graduation from the Naval Academy, these midshipmen will be commissioned as officers in the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps.