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This profile was last updated on 3/26/06  and contains information from public web pages.

Thomas Vanhook Sr.

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Employment History

  • Director
    Greater Joy Ensemble
  • Minister
    Elon Community Church
  • Guest Artist
    The Resurrection Community Church

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Historian
    Durham Hayti Heritage Center
Web References
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accomplished vocalist are the attributes that best illustrate Thomas Vanhook's contributions to the musical field. Lovingly and respectfully known as the "Choir Corrector" by many, Thomas is the former director of the Greater Joy Ensemble, winners of the 1987 Waljo Award for Best Gospel Group.
Thomas also was honored at the Annual Bethune Recognition Brunch, sponsored by the Durham Section of National Council of Negro Women, Inc.
A native of Durham, North Carolina, the youngest of two children born to Dorothy Novella Alston-Vanhook and the late Thomas Vanhook, Sr., Thomas received formal music training under the tutelage of the late Mrs. Margaret Shearin at the Chamberlin Studio in Durham, North Carolina.
November 9, 2002, Thomas produced his Faith Professional Debut Concert at the Durham Hayti Heritage Center, launching his music ministry career. Thomas has received invitations to minister in song and word throughout the community, including Elon, North Carolina at Elon Community Church. From that experience at Elon Church, Thomas was invited to share his gifts at Gibsonville Middle School during the celebration of the School's African-American History Program. Thomas was also invited and featured as guest artist at The Resurrection Community Church, Houston, Texas for their annual Black History Celebration Service. Most recently Thomas and UOP opened a concert for national recording artist Darwin Hobbs.
Unity of Purpose, a vision of Thomas' and founder, were featured in the First Annual New Gospel Artist Contemporary Gospel Showcase, sponsored by the Saint Joseph's Historic Foundation.
Thomas, along with The Greater Joy Ensemble of Durham has also shared the stage with recording artist Minister John P. Kea.
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In addition to including current information about the ministry of Thomas Vanhook, this website is designed to be an inspirational, interactive community resource showcasing and enlightening its viewers through spotlighting local artists and personalities and sharing employment/educational opportunities.
This July/August edition is dedicated to the late Mrs. Dorothy Phelps-Jones, a Historian, of the Durham Hayti Heritage Center. Exclusive story will be forthcoming about her legacy!
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Thomas Vanhook, Guest Artist City of Durham Employee Recognition Program
Appearing Thomas Vanhook with Unity of Purpose
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