At Gospel Music Workshop of America Conference, Children’s Mass Choir Gets Spot In Prime Time

Hugh Davis teaches the children of the GMWA conference the song “God Made Me.” (Ariel Worthy, The Birmingham Times)
Hugh Davis teaches the children of the GMWA conference the song “God Made Me.” (Ariel Worthy, The Birmingham Times)

The Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA) conference in Birmingham has drawn thousands of visitors to the Magic City and offers dozens of classes for ushers, choirs and evangelists.

The convening also has a session that plant seeds for the future – the children’s choir.

This week, over 50 children learned six new songs that were presented to the entire conference.

“We have to start them young,” said Hugh Davis, one of the directors for the children’s mass choir, “because we’re expecting them to take over in a few years.”

Davis, who taught the children “God Made Me,” said, “[The children’s choir] is a prime spot in the children’s conference, and I really commend the conference for giving them prime time.”

The 49th Annual Gospel Music Workshop of America, Inc. (GMWA) convention was founded by Rev. James Cleveland in 1967 in Detroit, Michigan. The weeklong event offers music classes, seminars, workshops, exhibits and musical showcases presented by the gospel industry. National GMWA chapters along with national gospel recording labels and artists also make up the conference.

Sylvia Warren, who traveled from Tyler, Texas, said her 6-year-old granddaughter has been coming to GMWA conferences since she was 18 months old.

“She loves it,” Warren said. “I bring her every year, and now that she’s old enough to sing in the choir, she really loves it.”

The children’s mass choir is an important part of the week, she said.

“We have to have this as a foundation for them as they grow up,” Warren said.

The children had the opportunity to sing solos and new songs to the thousands who were in Birmingham for the conference.

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SOURCE: The Birmingham Times
Ariel Worthy