SNU Chorale Welcomes Gospel Singer Barbara Johnson Tucker in Spring Concert

The Southern Nazarene University Chorale will perform their spring concert 7:30 pm, Tuesday, May 7 in Cantrell Hall. Special guest, gospel singer Barbara Johnson Tucker with pianist Phillip Hall will join in with a solo set and several spirituals and gospel number from composers such as Hogan, Burleigh and Ray.

“We are so pleased to have Barbara Tucker and Phillip Hall join us for this concert. The audience will not only be spellbound by their talents, but will be captivated by their warm and endearing personalities,” conductor and director Dr. Brent Ballweg said.

Tucker has been a cast member of the Tony-Award winning Broadway drama “The Great White Hope,” starring James Earl Jones, had her debut recital in Carnegie Hall and has filmed several nationally shown commercials. In September of 2000, she was presented in concert at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and has already been invited to return.

As a producer, Barbara has eight recordings, including three gospel CD’s and three hymn projects, a Christmas tape and her first “Patriotic Praise.” Her first recording, “Order My Steps,” won two Texas Gospel Music Awards. She and her singing friends, whom she calls “A Chosen Few,” have completed their first joint gospel CD, “So Precious!”

Tucker’s ministry has spread abroad to England, Switzerland, Holland, Russia, Poland, Manger Square in Bethlehem and the Czech Republic.

The first half of the program features music from Chorale’s upcoming tour to Russia, Estonia and Finland. A mass will be created by combining movements from different composers such as Vierne, Basler, Sandstrom and Vasiliauskaite. Chorale will also present an early American hymn tune, “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need,” by Mack Wilberg and a Russian standard, Rachmaninoff’s “Bogoroditse Devo.”

Free admission. For more information, contact the SNU School of Music at 405.491.6345 or email