The CD features Jackson conducting The Louisville Orchestra and gospel choirs from throughout the Louisville area under the choral direction of Alvin Parris, III
.The CD is an outgrowth of The Gospel Project, a bridge-building effort directed by Jackson and Parris; Gospel Project concerts have been performed in fourteen U.S. cities to date, including Cleveland, Boston, Chicago, Denver, and Houston.
...Associate Pastor Rev. Alvin Parris Rev. Alvin Parris, III has been a preacher of the gospel since 1976, and has served as both an Associate Pastor and the Director of Fine Arts Ministry at New Life Fellowship since December, 1990.He
is a native of Washington, D. C., and a graduate of the Eastman School of Music
(B.M., Music Education/Trombone).Rev. Parris' compositions - a wide variety of gospel songs, hymns, anthems and symphonic works - have been performed both in the United States and abroad. He
is a highly sought music workshop presenter and has led Praise and Worship seminars throughout the United States and the world, most recently in Hawaii, Ghana, Nigeria, Australia and the United Kingdom.Rev. Parris
wife, Debra, (Eastman School of Music, '76, Music Education/Violin) have been married since 1976, and are the proud parents of 4 musicians: Benjamin, Christopher, Jonathan, and Cherise.Rev. Alvin Parris
gives God ALL the glory for the many achievements and recognition bestowed upon him. Alvin Parris, III was born in Washington D.C. and is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York ('73, Trombone, Music Education).Since 1976, he directed the Gospel Choir, and has periodically been a guest lecturer in Music Theory, Music History and Jazz Improvisation at the University of Rochester.In addition, for the Rochester City School District, he has served as Instrumental Music Supervisor at John Marshall High School and as director of the Inter-High Jazz Ensemble and the Inter-High Brass Quintet.He has established Gospel Choirs at Rochester Institute of Technology, Nazareth College, St. John Fisher College, as well as the Gospel Choirs at Monroe Community College and the University of Rochester, which he founded in 1976 and continues to direct.Rev. Parris has also served as a professor in Black church studies at the community division of the Colgate-Rochester Divinity School.
Mr. Parris' compositions - a wide variety of gospel songs, hymns, anthems, and symphonic works - have been performed both in the United States and abroad.His
works for gospel chorus and orchestra have been played by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston "Pops", the Atlanta Symphony, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic
, San Diego Symphony, Sacramento Symphony, the Orchestra of St. John's Square, and by other orchestras throughout the America and Europe.
...In 1988, Alvin Parris served as music director of the 3600-member choir for the Greater Rochester Community Gospel Choir since 1985.He
has presented music workshops and led Praise and Worship seminars throughout the United States and the world, most recently in Hawaii, Ghana, Nigeria, Australia and the United Kingdom.Mr. Parris
has produced many recordings and theatrical events, and has appeared as accompanist and guest pianist/organist with such artists as Edwin Hawkins, Daryl Coley, Yolanda Adams Douglas Miller, Cleophus Robinson, Oliver Nelson, Phil Driscoll, Miss Jessye Norman with a number of orchestras throughout the country.
In 1976, Mr. Parris
was licensed and ordained as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
.In 1990 he accepted the position of Associate Pastor of New Life Fellowship Church in Rochester, where he also serves as the Minister of Music. Alvin
wife, Debra (Eastman School of Music, '76, Music Education/Violin) have been married since 1976, and are the proud parents of 4 children: Benjamin, Christopher, Jonathan, and Cherise.