The Rev. Edna Morgan, a local pastor, recognized the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Vesper Choir and encourages other churches to support the singers.

“Recently, the best university choir in the nation, our UAPB Vesper Choir, sang gloriously at the Hawley Memorial United Methodist Church on Ridgway Road,” according to Morgan.

“Their repertoire included ‘Kyrie’ from Requiem; ‘Witness,’ arranged by Jack Halloran, which they sang with interpretive movements; ‘In Bright Mansions,’ arranged by Roland Carter; and, a new rendition of ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing,’ with harmony and grace that I believe replicated the angels in heaven,” she said.

Morgan applauded the group’s professionalism and admired their talent.

“They are courteous and delightful to watch and hear. They are young adults who have their priorities straight concerning their career goals and developing the gifts that God has given them,” she said. “If you want to be inspired and uplifted, follow this choir as often as you can. Invite them to your church and share the good news about this incredible gem of whom we can be proud.

Those who haven’t heard the UAPB Vesper Choir or want to hear them again during the holiday season, the choir is performing Handel’s Messiah at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

“I hope to see you there and I hope we fill the house in support of our amazing gift, ‘The UAPB Vesper Choir’ under the direction of Dr. Michael Bates,” the pastor said.