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Gospel Choir

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

Phyllis Byrdwell leads the UW Gospel Choir in a program of music by Jonathan Alvarado, Tommy Walker, Andre Thomas, Kirk Franklin, and Richard Smallwoood. 


Sing Praises: Jonathan Alvarado 

Joy, Joy, Joy: Tommy Walker
Sam Klebanoff, Soloist

African NoelAndre Thomas

Worth.: Anthony Brown

Steal Away (Spiritual):  arr. Phyllis Byrdwell

SmileKirk Franklin

Christmas Medley Jonathan Alvarado 
Jesus, Oh What a Wonderful Child (attributed to Mariah Carey)
Go Tell It On The Mountain (spiritual) arr. Phyllis Byrdwel
                                           Kalia Hobbs-Rutz, Soloist

Total PraiseRichard Smallwood

In honor of our drummer, Anthony Brown, who passed away unexpectedly In September.


Phyllis M Byrdwell, Director, Keyboard; Tony Mobley, Bass Guitar; Fred Byrdwell, Drummer; Patricia Hunter, Percussionist

UW Gospel Choir 
Phyllis Byrdwell, director

Alex Ryan, Tenor

Hanh Nguyen, Alto

Yitong Wang, Alto

Yihao Jiao, Alto

Anna Korolova, Soprano

Sam Klebanoff, Tenor

Minhee(Emily) Park, Soprano

Tranquil Lu, Bass

Qiancho Zhao, Bass

Terry(Man) Yuan

Mimi Beck, Alto

Tova Beck, Alto

Anna Howard, Soprano

Gavin Westland, Tenor

Matthew Young,Bass

Aliyah Cleveland, Alto

Jochen Shasay, Bass

Karla Jo Tupper, Soprano

Anthony Chua, Bass

Valerie Hurtado, Alto

Carolyn Dawson, Alto

Jama Mohammad, Alto

Kalia Hobbs-Rutz, TA

Director Bio

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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