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Otterbein Gospel Choir celebrates 30 years of music

Otterbein Gospel Choir celebrates 30 years of music

By: Cameron West ‘19

The Otterbein Gospel Choir, formed unofficially in 1988, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Lajoyce Cain, the program’s advisor and director, has led the choir since its inception.

Cain and her students perform annually for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation and Gospel Festival on campus, as well as area churches, schools and other organizations. The choir is comprised of a dynamic and diverse group of students that sing standard, traditional and contemporary gospel songs.

Cain has been known to spontaneously invite alumni to join the choir’s performances, according to James Prysock ‘09, Otterbein alum and current director of the Office of Social Justice and Activism.

“I was a member of the gospel choir for much of my time at Otterbein,” Prysock said. “A lot of things have stayed the same over the years - and it’s great. I think that the consistency has helped shape an experience for students who need or want that type of outlet.”

Prysock recounts many fond memories of his time in the program, including his role as the emcee of the gospel festival, interacting with musicians from community churches and learning from such a passionate director. He even helped plan a surprise party for Cain after hearing rumors of her retirement.

“I didn’t realize the magnitude of her impact,” Prysock said. “Alumni from all over the country came back to see her because that’s where their heart was in their Otterbein experience - it was with the gospel choir.”


Learn more about Otterbein Religious and Spiritual Student Organizations and the Department of Music.