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New Spirit of Penn Gospel Choir, otherwise known as NSP, is UPenn’s only gospel choir and was founded by Ashon Crawley in the fall 1998, his freshmen year. Crawley saw the need for students of faith to commune in a musical setting for the sake of fellowship, ministry, and a place that felt like home. Starting with just 15 members, NSP has grown to about 70 people and draws more and more students every semester. Described as having, “a tradition of anointed, energetic ministry through music,” NSP seeks to uplift the Penn community while providing a cultural resource to those interested.

As a group focused on ministry, the New Spirit of Penn Gospel Choir’s purpose is to spread the word of the Lord through song and help to serve as a catalyst for change in the spiritual lives of those affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, as well as in the surrounding communities. It is an event whose main purpose is to lead others into worship and bless the community through song and dance.

This fall, NSP will be hosting their first concert of the year entitled, “From Faith to Faith.”  The title was taken from Romans 1:17 that says, “The righteous will live by faith…by faith from first to last.” This simply means that we are not sure what the future holds, but we will go forward day to day, faith to faith. Our set will feature songs from gospel legends like Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, and Fred Hammond. We will also be singing a selection from Tyler Perry’s, Diary of a Mad Black Woman. We are very excited about this upcoming concert and as our mission statement says, “we will serve as a catalyst for change in the spiritual lives of those affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, as well as in the surrounding communities.”

The concert will take place on Saturday, November 7th, 2009, at 5:00PM in Irvine Auditorium on Penn’s campus. The auditorium is located on the corner of 34th Street and Spruce Street. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. For more information or to reserve tickets email marcos@wharton.upenn.edu or call (917) 604-0490.

To hear music selections from past New Spirit of Penn Gospel Choir concerts, please click here.

Oluwatosin Bosede

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