Phyllis Harris
(308) 865-8127

A gospel workshop will be part of the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus Thursday, Jan. 15.

The workshop, which is free and open to the public, is set for 7 p.m. in the UNK Nebraskan Student Union Great Room. Members of area high school music groups and church choirs have also been invited to participate.

“The workshop is open to everyone,” said Karla Falk, coordinator of Student Activities. “It will be more of an educational program covering the basics of singing gospel music.”

Rosita Mathews, who has directed gospel choirs at Smith College and in Northampton, Mass., for more than 10 years, will lead the workshop. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s from the Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Ky. She did postgraduate doctoral work at Princeton Theological Seminary.

She often performs at Music Educators Conferences where she teaches music teachers the basics of singing gospel music.

The traditional noon prayer at the carillon will be held Thursday, Jan. 15. After the noon prayer, there will be a silent processional from the carillon to the Nebraskan Student Union Great Room for a birthday celebration.

The traditional prayer observance and workshop are sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. The workshop supported by funding from the UPFF.

For more information about the prayer observance or the workshop, individuals can contact Phyllis Harris, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, at 308.865.8126.