University Gospel Chorus

Course Number: Music 143
D. Mark Wilson, director
Rehearsals: Thursday, 6-9pm, 125 Morrison Hall


gosp09-wThe University Gospel Chorus at the University of California, Berkeley started in the nineteen seventies as an informal activity of students who were interested, and in some cases, experienced in the tradition of gospel music performance. The Gospel Chorus subsequently became an ensemble of the Choral Music Division of Student Musical Activities (Associated Students of the University of California). During the nineteen-eighties, Silvester Henderson, a professional gospel music conductor and pianist, was appointed the Director of the Chorus, and the organization developed into an excellent ensemble musically. Concerts began expanding beyond the campus in the San Francisco Bay Area and other parts of the state. In 1996-97, the Gospel Chorus became an ensemble of the Department of Music as a part of its curriculum in music performance.

Since 2007 D. Mark Wilson has taken the Gospel Chorus in new directions, building a repertoire which includes traditional and contemporary gospel music, spirituals and classically influenced gospel anthems, as well as performances at local social justice events.


The Gospel Chorus is open to all students and community members, by audition only, as well as those students taking it for credit.Auditions take place in the week before classes begin each semester.

Audition information for all performance opportunities in the Music Department.

Sound Clips

From February 24,2008 concert in Hertz Hall

Upcoming Performances

  • Friday, April 14 8pm, Hertz Hall, $16/12/5
    University Gospel Chorus, D. Mark Wilson, director
    “The High Places Plain: Gospel Music and Prophets of Change”An evening of gospel music, recognizing not only messages of hope and love in gospel music, but also radical messages of change and resistance heard in the writings of the Hebrew prophets.

    Tickets required: $16 General admission (all seats unreserved),  $12 non-UCB students, seniors, current & retired Berkeley staff & faculty, groups of ten or more, $5 UC Berkeley students (student ID required)
    Ticket info: Purchase tickets at the door starting one hour before the performance. Tickets go on sale April 30. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988.

For more information, see our events calendar.

Recent Performances

Past performances