Holman United Methodist Church Choir
Holman Choir Director William Campbell
By Cynthia Gibson
Contributing Religion Writer
Holman United Methodist Church’s Annual Concert of Negro Spirituals has become a major highlight in the life and ministry of the Holman Choir and will take place on Saturday, February 25, and Sunday, February 26 at 3 p.m.
A community tradition that spans over five decades, this year’s Negro Spiritual Concert will feature the compositions of Moses Hogan, Andre Thomas, Undine Moore, Patsy Simms, Lela Anderson, Jeffrey Ames and Damon Dandridge, as well as special performances by guest artists and original arrangements by Holman Choir Director William Campbell.
Founded in 1945, Holman is one of the few churches in Greater Los Angeles still dedicated to honoring the Negro Spiritual as an ancestrally significant African American musical genre. Such notable Negro Spiritual composers and arrangers as Jester Hairston, William Grant Still, Hall Johnson and Don Lee White have directed the Holman Choir.
The church also hosted annual Negro Spiritual Institutes. Previous concerts featured music from renowned composers William L. Dawson and Jacqueline Hairston. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Jester Hairston Scholarship Fund.
Holman’s mission is to make Disciples for Jesus Christ by bringing to the people of Los Angeles, particularly the historic West Adams community, hope-filled, Christ-inspired responses to urban needs.
This mission has led Holman to develop a variety of worship services and ministries. There are three worship services each Sunday, starting at 8 a.m., followed by a second service at 11 a.m., that is broadcast live on Radio Free KJLH 102.3 FM, and the FUSE worship service at 6 p.m.
FUSE offers a more contemporary-style worship experience, targeted to appeal to young adults as well as the young at heart.
On Thursdays, at 6:30 p.m., Holman hosts another non-traditional service, the jazz-gospel worship service. This program combines God’s message of hope and redemption against a backdrop of American jazz and gospel music.
Holman United Methodist Church is located at 3320 West Adams Boulevard in Los Angeles.
For more information on the Negro Spiritual Concert, purchase tickets, or learn more about Holman, call the church office at (323) 731-7285 or visit holmanumc.org.