African Children’s Choir to Perform at William Woods University

The internationally acclaimed African Children’s Choir will perform at William Woods University on Dec. 4. This event, at 7 p.m. in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center, is part of the President’s Concert and Lecture Series. It is free and open to the public.


The African Children’s Choir is composed of 24 African children, ranging in age from seven to 11. Each of the children in the choir has lost one or both of their parents to poverty or AIDS.


The concert includes well-loved children’s songs, popular gospel tunes and lively spirituals. Through their songs and dances, the choir brings Africa alive, in all its color and splendor creating a truly unforgettable musical experience.


“The children in the choir represent millions of children in Africa. These children are bright, articulate and motivated to realize their potential. We believe they can make a difference and we believe that when audiences see Africa through their eyes they will want to partner with us to give these children every opportunity to succeed and impact their countries,” said Ray Barnett, founder of the African Children’s Choir.


The first choir was formed in 1984. Each year, a new choir is formed and the children from the previous choir return to their homelands to attend school. Their education is completely funded by the African Children’s Choir. Since the beginning of the African Children’s Choir, they have established schools and have provided educational scholarships in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa.


Over the past 20 years, the children have performed in thousands of concerts around the world. They have also been featured on popular television shows like “Jay Leno,” “CBS This Morning,” “Good Morning America” and “The Today Show.”


Groups larger than 15 should make reservations by contacting Brenda Foster at (573) 592-4219 or bfoster@williamwoods.edu.