10/5/2010 Conversations with Al McFarlane


Makin’ The Choir TV show holds live auditions
Tuesday, 05 October 2010 16:18 Makin' The Choir National
Makin’ The Choir Reality TV Show, created and hosted by Bishop James Gaines, formerly of the group Devoted, (Savoy/Maleco Records), auditions Minnesota this month on the way to its creation of America’s Gospel Choir.

“For those of you who have had the opportunity to marvel in the joyous sounds of a powerful gospel choir ensemble, you know exactly what I’m talking about,” said Bishop Gaines last week in a “Conversations with Al McFarlane” broadcast interview on KFAI FM 90.3. “Regardless if you have or have not, I guarantee you do not want to miss this event,” he said.

The event is a live audition for solo singers, solo musicians and choir directors, who are ages 18+. The Makin’ the Choir Reality Show Auditions will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in St. Paul, MN on October 16th.

To become a contestant, go to www.makinthechoir.org to download an application. Rules require auditioners to be onsite at 7am with an 8×10 headshot and $10 entry fee.

If you are not a likely contestant, but enjoy the excitement of Gospel music and television production, you can be part of the live audience beginning at 8am. There is a $10 admission fee payable at the door.

The day’s work concludes with a concert at Crown Plaza Hotel hosted by the celebrated Dr. Ben Chavis President and CEO of Hip Hop Summit, (www.drbenjaminchavis.com) and special performances by Jovonta Patton DFY and Shiloh Temple International Mass Choir, James Grear and Company, Weston Reindl and more.

For the concert, doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 pm. Admission is $25 at the door $20 in advance. The first 50 morning audience audition participants get in free compliments of General Mills! Tickets can be purchased at Electric Fetus, 2000 4th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55404, (612) 870-9300 AND Urban Lights, 1449 University Ave. W., St. Paul,MN 55104, 651-647-9650. For more info.: Contact Lutunji or Alafia at makinthechoirmn@yahoo.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-382-2021.

Dr. Roy Jones, Director
Dr. Roy Jones is lecturer and executive director for the Eugene T. Moore School of Education's Call Me MISTER Program at Clemson University. The mission of the Call Me MISTER (acronym for Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role-models) Initiative is to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader more diverse background particularly among the lowest performing elementary schools.

Call Me MISTER has received accolades from a broad spectrum of national media and high profile celebrities to include, USA Today, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Atlanta Journal, ABC World News, National Public Radio (NPR), Associated Press, Diverse Issues in Education, Blackamerica Web, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Cosby and education journals such as Education Week and Instructor magazine. Dr. Jones was named the 2009 recipient of the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education’s Pacesetter Award.

Previously, Dr. Jones was associate professor in the Division of Education at Claflin University in Orangeburg, S.C. Dr. Jones served as chair of the Division of Education during the period Claflin received the distinction of becoming the first historically black private institution in the State to receive the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accreditation. From 1990 to 1998, Dr. Jones served as Director of Employment for the Charleston County School District and was responsible for the district's teacher and classified recruitment programs. He has successfully implemented and directed numerous programs in higher education throughout his career. He has presented countless workshops, seminars, forums, and panel discussions surrounding racial and cultural issues in education.

Dr. Jones received his doctorate from the University of Georgia, master's from Atlanta University and bachelor's from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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