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The Black Celestial Chorale Ensemble originated during the Spring semester of 1977 in the month of April. The first meeting was held in mid April at the Student Activities Center . Some of these students felt a need for some type of cultural outlet for Black students on the Syracuse University campus. It was felt that a spiritual sense of well being was lacking within Black students and by establishing a choir, this need would be met. So being very optimistic, a number of students came together in the hopes of establishing a gospel choir. This meeting was attended by Syreeta McKnight, Ervin Allgood, Lawrence A. Ford, Pamela Hayes, Cheyrl Lane, Parrese Wade, Norman Lyons, and a few other key students.

After the initial meeting, a name was chosen, The Black Celestial Chorale Ensemble of Syracuse University. During the Fall semester, September of 1977, approximately ninety students had developed interest in the choir. Just two weeks after the first rehearsal, BCCE made it’s debut on the Syracuse University campus, October. 9, 1977. Since then the choir has been blessed both numerically and spiritually. The choir consists of a diverse group of members including University undergraduate and graduate students whose goal it is to encourage, bring life, and most importantly to lift up the name of JESUS CHRIST!



"O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph. For the Lord most high is a great king over all the earth...Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises."

-Psalm 47:1,6

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