Essence 2, LTD performs choral repertoire in the African and African-American traditions. Our singers share the joy of singing secular sacred music in a genre that is distinctly unique from the repertoire of any other volunteer choir in the Centre Region.
We are rehearsing for a Black History Month performance in February, and a Spring performance in Bethlehem, PA to share what work is happening here in State College!
Our work is ongoing. We want to bring to light an African American tradition that does not emerge from the doors of the black church very often.
This music brings awareness of one another, touches souls and shares a new 'language' with our audiences. We are as much a musical performance as a cultural education ...And this is our mission!
Our choir members are all ages and all professions. Although we are 98% white, each member across Centre County is currently listening, memorizing and learning about the traditions of African American Music from our director Dr. Anthony Leach, who hails from an African American Church in Washington, DC.
Funded by State College, PA (January 2023)