Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Examiner.com: 'Former VSU Concert Choir conductor Carl G. Harris to be funeralized Thursday'

Dr. Carl G. Harris will be funeralized on Thursday in Hampton.
Credits: Hampton University

June 25, 2013
It is with great sadness to report the death of Dr. Carl G. Harris, who from 1971-1984 served as Director of Choral Activities at Virginia State University and organist at Historic Gillfield Baptist Church, both in Petersburg, Virginia. Harris was respected in the music community as an outstanding organ soloist, accompanist and for his collegial spirit.

Carl G. Harris, Jr. was born in Fayette, Missouri. He attended public schools in St. Joseph, Missouri and graduated from Bartlett High School with honors. He received the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music (Cum Laude) from Philander Smith College, Master of Arts Degree in Music History from the University of Missouri, and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Conducting from the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri at Kansas City. In addition, he did further study at Westminster Choir College and Vienna State Academy of Music.
In 2005, he was named Minister of Music Emeritus of the illustrious Bank Street Memorial Baptist Church in Norlfolk, Virginia where he served for 21 years. The glorious anthem, “Shout For Joy” by Adolphus Hailstork was composed for expressly for his choir there and was affectionately referred to as the “Bank Street Anthem.”

Dr. Carl G. Harris will be funeralized on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Hampton, Virginia.

[Adolphus C. Hailstork (b. 1941) is featured at AfriClassical.com]

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