Voices West invites you, your choir or members of your choir to participate in
featuring the internationally known composer and gospel music authority, Dr. Keith Hampton
Voices West is proud to host a Gospel music festival and massed chorus performance opportunity for Front Range church choirs and individual choral singers October 21-22, 2016. We’ve engaged Dr. Keith Hampton (composer of “Praise His Holy Name” and True Light”) as guest clinician and conductor for this exciting event. Dr. Hampton will lead the GospelFest Massed Chorus in rehearsals and a culminating concert performance of some of the best new gospel music. Fee for participation will be $10 per person to cover the cost of music purchase and musician fees. INDIVIDUALS as well as ENTIRE CHURCH CHOIRS are invited to be a part of this exciting event!
We look forward to having you join us!
Keith Hampton, affectionately known as “Doc”, is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Chicago Community Chorus (CCC). In addition, Dr. Hampton is an organ performer, conductor, composer, educator, church musician, adjudicator, and workshop clinician. He is Director of the Gospel Choir at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and the president of Dr. KT Productions, Inc., Chicago, Illinois. Keith is the Director of Music/Organist at St. Thomas Episcopal Church and Assistant Director of Music at Trinity United Church of Christ, both in Chicago, Illinois.
Classically trained as an organist and conductor, he has served as Music Director/organist-choir director of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Country Club Hills, Illinois; Bryn Mawr Community Church, Chicago, Illinois; Wesley United Methodist Church, Aurora, Illinois; Congregational Church of Park Manor and Park Manor Christian Church, both in Chicago.
A specialist in the field of Gospel Music, the North Central American Choral Directors Association in 2010 selected Dr. Keith Hampton as one of the top 25 Contemporary Composers and that his composition, “Praise His Holy Name, should be standard repertoire for choirs today and for the next 25 years.”
Dr. Keith Hampton made his debut conducting the National Festival Chorus at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York on February 29, 2016. Additionally, Dr. Hampton has guest conducted the, ACDA Eastern Division High School Honors Choir, Alabama All State Junior High School Honors Chorus, Baltimore All County High School, Georgia All State Collegiate Chorus, Ithaca College Gospel Festival, Oklahoma All State Junior High School Honors Choir, Rhode Island All State Chorus, Virginia All State Honors Choir, Wisconsin All State Middle Level Chorus and District Choruses in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Keith Hampton earned a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Westminster Choir College, a Master of Arts Degree from Marywood University, and a Doctor of Music Degree in Church Music from Northwestern University. Dr. Hampton has been awarded the Service Playing, Choir Master, and Associate certificates from the American Guild of Organists.
At Dr. KT Productions, Inc., Keith provides music transcriptions of Black Gospel Music with the use of Finale by Make Music. He produced the CD, Celebrate, in 2009, and published the book, Praise His Holy Name … And Other Songs in the Gospel Style, in 2011. In 2012, Dr. Hampton produced two organ CDs, Organ Masterworks, Volume I and French Organ Music, Volume II. As a published composer, Dr. Hampton’s arrangements of Spirituals and Gospel Songs are available through Augsburg Fortress Press, Choristers Guild, earthsongs Publications, Hal Leonard Corporation, Hinshaw Music, and Dr. KT Productions, Inc.