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Moravian to Celebrate Gospel Music with “One Human Family Music Workshop”

Bethlehem, Pa., September 9, 2005—Moravian College will hold “One Human Family Music Workshop” on Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17 at Moravian Theological Seminary, Bahnson Center, located at 60 West Locust Street, Bethlehem. Under the leadership of Eric T. Dozier, composer and choir director of One Human Family, the two-day gospel workshop will be held from 5:00 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, and 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, concluding with a concert at 7:00 p.m. in the Pavilion of the Haupert Union Building.

The workshop will explore areas such as praise and worship, physical expression and rhythmic technique, vocal warm-up, listening skills and music history. Participants will gain special insight into the world of spirituals, traditional, inspirational, and contemporary gospel music.

“The music workshop is designed to create an atmosphere that strives to unite the contending peoples of the world through the process of joining together to learn and sing sacred music,” said Sharon Brown, director of Institutional Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. “One Human Family specifically has selected African-American spirituals and gospel music as inspiration for hope and peace for the future. Their choir performed at the 2001 UN Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa among many other venues that foster race unity. We are very pleased to bring this program to our community,” she said.

Dozier, a graduate of Duke University in public policy studies, also earned a Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School. In addition to directing the One Human Family choir, he designed a weeklong seminar on creativity that Guilford College in North Carolina has adopted for its freshmen orientation activity.

Dozier fuses the African-American gospel and spirituals traditions with world rhythms into a musical elixir that The New York Times has called “rousing.” Moreover through his role as co-founder and director of Professional Programs for One Human Family (OHF) Workshops, Inc., Eric continues to devote his musical, spiritual and intellectual talents to eradicating social, religious, racial, gender and cultural discrimination. His heart stirring music and dynamic talks, presentations, and music workshops have served to weld the hearts and minds of a divided humanity into one loving fellowship of brothers, sisters, and friends.

The workshop is open to the public. Please call (610) 861-1519 for information or reservations ($40 for workshop, dinner and concert). Admission to workshop and concert free to faculty, staff, and students from Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary.

The Music Department and Moravian College’s Office of Institutional Diversity are co-sponsoring the program along with Moravian Theological Seminary.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu