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Kentucky Baptist Men’s Chorale performs at UC


Williamsburg, Ky. – Recently the Kentucky Baptist Men’s Chorale performed in the Nell Moore Recital Hall at the University of the Cumberlands (UC) for the faculty, staff, students, and community in Williamsburg, Ky. The magnificent forty voices heard in the Kentucky Baptist Men’s Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Tony Cunha (Campbellsville University), is comprised of gentlemen who are music ministers and university professors throughout the state of Kentucky. The Kentucky Baptist Men’s Chorale is a part of the Kentucky Baptist Convention which consists of ministers of music, worship pastors, church music teachers, and even a few pastors from Kentucky Baptist churches.

This all-male chorus was formed in 1965 by Kentucky Baptists’ first state music director, Eugene Quinn. The chorale has appeared before the Southern Baptist Church Music Con¬ference, Church Music Week at LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center, and at Musicians on Mission Workshops in Ohio and Massachusetts. The group also toured in Europe and served on mission in New England, Kenya, Brazil and Russia. Most recently, the chorale spent a week in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky doing missions work and concerts. This group is currently led by Tony Cunha, assistant professor of music at Campbellsville University, accompanied by Chris Kihn, minister of music at Hurstbourne Baptist Church in Louisville.

The Kentucky Baptist Wind Orchestra also travels and performs with the chorale and is comprised of ministers of music and instrumentalists from Kentucky Baptist churches. This group was organized to promote and model the use of instrumental ensembles in the lo¬cal church. The ensemble rehearses and performs in conjunction with the Kentucky Baptist Men’s and Women’s Chorales. The Women’s Chorale is conducted by Steve Skaggs.

Their performance at UC sounded beautifully and was an inspiration to aspiring musicians and music majors. The students and staff really enjoyed the booming sound that came from the men of the chorale. Their literature included arrangements of traditional sacred selections (My Lord is Near Me All the Time and Great is Thy Faithfulness) and gospel selections (Standin’ in the Need of Prayer and Walking ‘Cross the Sea), which brought a standing ovation from the moved audience.

“They really rocked the house!” said UC music student, Logan Reynolds.

Members of the community also came to listen and were filled with astonishment as they watched such an amazing performance. There were many moments throughout the concert in which the chorale, wind ensemble, and a quartet of men gave outstanding performances. They sang a variety of songs ranging from fast to slow, comic to serious, but they all had the same common goal which was to serve and glorify God through music. The leader of the group, Chris Kihn, made it very clear that the purpose of the group was to share the love of God through worship in their performances and through the songs they sing so that others may join and rejoice.

“It was an honor to have the Kentucky Baptist Men’s Chorale perform for our students, faculty and staff, and community,” said UC Professor of Music and Department Chair, Jeff Smoak, “They were absolutely amazing!”

To find out more information on the Kentucky Men’s Baptist Chorale, go on line to for performance schedules and more.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; nine graduate degrees, including two doctorates, a specialist, and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.

Article provided by Kyla Edmondson, UC Multimedia & Athletic Services Student Assistant