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Gospel Choir

Phyllis Byrdwell directs the UW Gospel Choir.
Phyllis Byrdwell directs the UW Gospel Choir.

Phyllis Byrdwell leads the 100-voice gospel choir in songs of praise, jubilation, and other expressions of the Gospel tradition.

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Pass Me Not: arr. Byrdwell

-soloist Kenneth Lai

Give Us This Day: Myron Butler

 We Sing Praises To The King: Sheik Ahmed Glory Ministry

 Grant Me A Blessing: Donald Vails

 When He Calls Me: Dottie Rambo

 The Lord Is My Light: Andre Crouch

-soloist Angela Burgess

 Even Me: arr. Anthony Brown

 God Said It/I Believe It: Dr. Charles Hayes

-soloist. Kalia Hobbs-Rutz


Phyllis M. Byrdwell, Director/Keyboard

Anthony Brown, Percussionist

Tony Mobley, Bass Guitarist

Patricia Hunter, Percussionist

Ben Hagan, Keyboard


Phyllis Byrdwell

Phyllis Byrdwell, director of the UW Gospel Choir, is Minister of Music at Mount Zion Baptist Church of Seattle and also a music educator for Lakeside School. She has conducted several seminar workshops on Gospel music throughout Washington state and nationally, and served as a songleader for the Baptist World Alliance conference in Birmingham, England in 2005.

Byrdwell was inducted into the Washington Music Educators Association's Hall of Fame in 2002 and serves on the Seattle Symphony Board of Directors.

A School of Music alumna, she holds a bachelor's degree in music and bachelor's and master's degrees in music education.

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