by Joy Hunt
Two former Scotland High students will return home later this month home to perform with nationally acclaimed Howard University Gospel Choir.
Chanei Rogers and Terrance McCallum will perform as members of Howard’s choir on March 16, at 6 p.m. at Scotland High School.
The Scotland High School Imani Gospel Choir and Theatre Department, along with Galilee United Methodist Church, are sponsoring the event.
Rogers, the daughter of Hazel Boatwright and Allen Rogers,expressed excitement about returning home to perform.
“This particular visit has heightened anticipation, because I have the opportunity to collide the two worlds of both college and home,” Rogers said. “My family of Howard Gospel Choir gets to see where I come from. Howard Gospel Choir has become a major part of my life and it is a delight to share the experience with the ones I love both, home and college, through worship.”
Rogers is a junior at Howard and is majoring in radio, television and film.
McCallum, a freshman at Howard, is the son of Hattie and Thomas McCallum of Laurinburg. He is majoring in jazz voice.
“I am really excited to have the opportunity to come back and share with Scotland County what has been instilled in me musically. Since I left Scotland High School, I have grown tremendously and most people don’t get this opportunity to come home in this capacity,” McCallum said.
He said that this is the first time that the Howard University Choir has performed in Laurinburg.
“We are so very excited to have this rare opportunity,” said Hazel Boatwright, the event’s organizer. “Of course, I have personal reasons for being extra excited, since my daughter, Chanei, will perform as a member of the choir.”
For the past four decades, Howard University Choir hassung at a wide variety of venues in and around Washington, D.C. including: The White House, the Capitol Building, DAR Constitution Hall, Washington National Cathedral, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Lincoln Memorial, the British Embassy, the National Mall, the Andrew Mellon Auditorium, the Verizon Center, the National Building Museum, the Smithsonian Museum of American History, Union Station, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the Warner Theatre, the Lincoln Theatre, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture.
This concert is a part of the Howard University Spring Break Tour.
“You send your kids off and wish them the very best,” Boatwright said. “When they have a chance to come home, it’s always special, but to observe them living out their dreams and being a part of something that is so awesome, it’s simply amazing.”
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. in the Scotland High School Auditorium.
Tickets are $10. For information, contact the Galilee Church office at 276-0811 or Hazel Boatwright at 910-217-4670.
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