Southern Delaware Chorale hosts A Choral Tapestry concert

Celebration benefits new Sussex County charity
March 9, 2023

In celebration of Black History Month, the Southern Delaware Chorale presented A Choral Tapestry Feb. 26 to a full house at Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach.

The mini-festival featured special guest choirs: Cantabile Women’s Chorus based in Milford, Sussex Tech High School Bella Voce Ensemble and Salisbury University Gospel Choir. 

The concert opened with the Southern Delaware Chorale and all three choirs performing a moving rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” known as the African-American national anthem.  Celebrating choral music of Black composers and arrangers, each of the four choirs performed their own musical selections ranging from spirituals to civil rights anthems to gospel music.

New scholarship programs for Sussex County high school students were unveiled. The Sussex County chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the oldest established Greek-letter organization founded by African American, college-educated women, announced the Lomax Leadership Scholarship and the Collick Community Book Scholarship.

Several AKA members were present to accept audience donations for the scholarships, and the chorale donated a portion of concert proceeds to the cause. For more information about these scholarships, available to all Sussex County high school seniors, go to

Dr. Colin Armstrong, Southern Delaware Chorale artistic director and conductor, said he was thrilled with the collaboration among all four choirs and the positive energy created for the delighted audience members. His goal is to organize a multi-day event during the last weekend in February every year.

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