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March 18, 2002
Lincoln University Hosts Musical Demonstration and Lecture on March 20 by Noted Gospel Music Scholar Dr. Horace C. Boyer

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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 20th century."

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 Day."

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 Music.

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."


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