Singing the Same Tune: On Wednesday, March 20, noted
gospel music expert Dr. Horace C. Boyer (shown,
left, with music professor, Dr. Alvin E. Amos),
of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, came
to Lincoln to share his expertise on what he called
the most arresting music of the last half of the
Before his lecture, Dr. Boyer coaches Lincoln's
Gospel Ensemble. The group later helped him demonstrate
the complex evolution of gospel music by performing
rousing renditions of famous hymns such as "Precious
Lord," "Great Gettin' Up Morning," and "O Happy
In Harmony: Dr. Amos (on clarinet) and Dr. Boyer
deliver a morning in-class performance before Dr.
Boyer's afternoon lecture. Later, during Dr. Boyer's
lecture, Dr. Amos performed "Peace in the Valley"
accompanied by Lincoln freshman Aaron Owens, a guitarist
and music major who is the first recipient of the
Alvin E. and Carol B. Amos Scholarship Award in
Dr. Boyer emphasizes one of the finer points of
his lecture. He covered the evolution of gospel
from the sorrow songs to the innovations of Thomas
Dorsey and Andrae Crouch to today's artists such
as Kirk Franklin. In particular, he demonstrated
how Methodist, Pentecostal and other doctrinal differences
led to different musical styles.
Dr. Amos (left) and Dr. Boyer shake hands after
an in-class musical demonstration. Dr. Boyer visited
several music classes during his Lincoln visit.
Later during his lecture, Dr. Boyer performed variations
on "Blessed Assurance," "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,"
and "Roll, Jordan Roll."