“It’s been an adventure (preparing for the event) but we’re real excited about it,” said Melvin, a former ECU student. “They’re a phenomenal choir and a good group of students. All the credit belongs to them.”
Terrill Harrison, a junior from Henderson, grew up singing in church and joined the choir when he came to ECU two years ago. This will be his first time visiting Washington, D.C. He’s as eager to perform as he is to tour the White House. “I’m super excited,” Harrison said. “I would have never thought that we’d be chosen to go. It’s an honor.”
He said he feels prepared despite the limited time for rehearsal. They began practicing the first week of school, Cox said, though choir leadership was aware of the engagement over the summer.
“This is how it normally goes,” Harrison said. “We sing, and sing and sing. I can’t wait. I’m ready.”
Choir president and ECU senior Amanda Farquharson, of Raleigh, remarked that the timing couldn’t be better.
“It’s a very big deal, with the election coming up, to be up there in that atmosphere,” she said.
“It’s a good opportunity for the choir to promote ECU,” senior Chris Cooper added.
More information about the ECU Gospel Choir is available online at http://www.ecugospelchoir.com/
The choir’s fall concert is scheduled for Nov. 11 in Wright Auditorium.
|Michael Melvin, director of the ECU Gospel Choir, leads the group during practice.