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Gospel Choir

Monday, December 4, 2023 - 7:30pm
$10 all tickets.
Phyllis Byrdwell conducts the Gospel Choir (photo: Gary Louie).
Phyllis Byrdwell conducts the Gospel Choir (photo: Gary Louie).

Phyllis Byrdwell leads the UW Gospel Choir in songs of praise, jubilation, and other expressions of the Gospel tradition.


God Be PraisedCharles Jenkins

I Will Bless The Lord: Hezekiah Walker

Worth:  Anthony Brown
Mario D’Ambrosio, soloist 

Steal Away:  arr. Gospel

I Am Your Song: Jonathan Nelson

The Lord Is My LightAndre Crouch
Timilehin Toye, soloist 

Karamu (Celebration): John P. Kee
African Praise Song

The Joy Medley:. Richard Smallwood, Tye Tribbet; arr. Marcus Petitt
Minh-Thi Butler, Anthony Chua, Angela Burgess, soloists 

When He Calls Me: arr. Gospel

Emmanuel: African Christmas Song

UW Gospel Choir

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

Minh-Thi ButlerMusic Ed.
Charlie Yin, Econ, Comp Finance/ risk mgmt.
Wangi Dong, Accounting
Yihong Yin, Statistics – intended mjr
Karla Jo Tapper, Community Member
Timi ToyeGlobal Health
Whi JungMusci Ed.
Yuyao XiaMath/ Psych
Chengke Wei, Econ
Barbova Bodlakova, Journalism (exchange student)
Dee Oand

Claudia GipsonGeology & Chemistry
Anna HowardCommunity Member
Nishtha KumarNeuroscience
Juliane SmithHistory
Ami LiBusiness
Vivian Feng, Informatics
Huiwon ParkExchange student
Kimberly ChenPolitical Science
Katherine ChenSociology
Celie ForresterMolecular Biology
Kalia Hobbs RutzTA

Gavin WestlandJazz Studies
Carmela StewartFood Systems/Music
Tyler SantosVocal Performance 
Dimitri White-Alefaio
Angela Burgess, Early Childhood Education

Gabriel WanIntegrated Social Science
Anthony ChuaMechanical Engineering
Penxdao WangPsychology
Matthew Young
Mario D’Ambrosio, English

Director Biography

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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