The internationally acclaimed U.S. Naval Academy Gospel Choir will appear in concert at the Fountain of New Life Church, 4601 NW 167
St. in Miami Gardens, on Saturday, Mar. 12, at 6:45 p.m., as part of a 10-day performing tour in South Florida during March. The concert is free and doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The U.S. Naval Academy Gospel Choir, under the direction of Karla Scott, is an upbeat inspirational musical ensemble comprised of midshipmen of various races and creeds, and strives to reflect the diverse interests and ethnicities within the Brigade of Midshipmen. The choir regularly travels throughout the United States and abroad to represent the Naval Academy through the members’ unique musical talents and passion to praise through song.
The choir’s 10-day trip to South Korea a few years ago garnered international acclaim from ambassadors and state department officials alike.
“We are looking forward to bringing this premier ensemble to Florida and to give the gift of music and praise to the Miami area,” Scott said. “When we sing, we honor, through our music, those who have served our nation since all of our midshipmen will be serving our country as officers in the Navy and Marine Corps upon graduation and commissioning from the Naval Academy.”
David Blake, a member of the Miami-Dade Military Affairs Board added, “We are truly honored to have this premier ensemble visit our church and present a concert to our community. It will be an upbeat and inspiring evening for us all.”
Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy today is a prestigious four-year service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the naval service. More than 4,400 men and women representing every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries make up the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen, learn from military and civilian professors and participate in intercollegiate varsity sports and extracurricular activities.
They study subjects like small arms, drill, seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering and weapons, leadership, ethics, cyber security studies and military law and may select one of the 25 academic majors offered by the academy. Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a taxpayer-funded Bachelor of Science degree and go on to serve at least five years of exciting and rewarding service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.