MSUToday
Published: Oct. 13, 2011

Student takes on leadership role with MSU Gospel Choir

Contact(s): Meghan Spork University Relations Student Writer cell: (248) 250-3743 meghan.spork@ur.msu.edu

"I've been involved in the arts my whole life," said Jalen Bell.

Bell is a second-year advertising student, and is currently the acting director of the Michigan State University Gospel Choir.

Last year, Bell was very involved with the choir. As the year wrapped up, he spoke with the former director and expressed his interest in the position. Bell, who had previous experience with choir direction, was appointed to the position.

"I think my passion came from watching actors on TV and in movies," Bell said. "Getting involved in the arts has always been something I've wanted to do since I can sing and I can act. I've been involved with it my whole life."

Bell was involved with Calhoun County 4-H Creative and Expressive Arts, to which he credits bringing his singing and acting skills to the next level. This past summer, Bell returned to work with the Creative and Expressive Arts Summer Camp by helping students write, direct, design and act in their own play.

Each year in the spring, the MSU Gospel Choir spends time traveling, touring the states and performing in different cities. This year, it is looking into Houston or New Orleans. The Gospel Choir also holds its largest concert of the year in the spring at Wharton Center.

MSU Gospel Choir's first concert will be a benefit concert at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at St. Timothy United Methodist Church in Detroit.

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Jalen Bell, director of the Michigan State University Gospel Choir, talks about how he became the director and his passion for the arts.

Jalen Bell, director of the Michigan State University Gospel Choir, talks about how he became the director and his passion for the arts.

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