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by The Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choirs

Since 1992 the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir has sung out its message of faith, hope, love, unity and joy.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. So Good
Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir
4:17 $0.99
2. The Lord Is My Shepherd
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4:09 $0.99
3. Goin' up Yonder
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4:25 $0.99
4. The Storm Is Passing Over
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3:01 $0.99
5. Oh Magnify the Lord
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4:08 $0.99
6. Surround Me
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3:35 $0.99
7. Celebrate
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3:28 $0.99
8. Heaven's Gate
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5:06 $0.99
9. Instruments of Your Peace
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10. Oh Lord, Stand by Me (Live)
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11. Heaven (Live)
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12. I Will Sing Hallelujah (Live)
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13. Order My Steps (Live)
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14. You Don't Know What the Lord Told Me (Live)
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15. I've Got a Testimony (Live)
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Album Notes
The Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choirs

Recordings for this album were made at the Arcata Methodist Church, at the 2004 Prayer Breakfast in the Arcata Community Center, Arcata, California and at Big Bang Studio in Loleta, California. This album is dedicated to long-time AIGC Director Karen Dumont and in memory of beloved choir member Bill Stach.

Bob Ebenstein, piano
Tim Claasen, bass
Nathan Kaplan, drums
Mike Kapitan, keyboard
Albert Raymond, conga drums

Joel Armin-Hoiland, piano (Teen Choir)

Produced by Ken Collins & Barbara Culbertson
Engineering & Mixing by Greg Lojko
Mastering by Tim Gray

So Good - Louis Hoiland
Goin’ Up Yonder - Karen Dumont
The Storm Is Passing Over - Bill Stach, Jean Stach, Barbara Culbertson, Dana Figueiredo, Bob Ebenstein
Surround Me - Valetta Molofsky
Heaven’s Gate - Joel Armin-Hoiland with the AIGC Teen Chior
Oh Lord, Stand By Me - Marti Mason
Heaven - Joel Armin-Hoiland with the AIGC Teen Choir
I Will Sing Hallelujah - Halimah Collingwood
Order My Steps - James Harris, April Hagans
You Don’t Know What the Lord Told Me - Kimberly Harris
I’ve Got A Testimony - Karen Dumont

About the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir
The Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir (AIGC) sings inspiring and uplifting Black Gospel music. The 60-voice community choir serves the North Coast California region by performing at community events, fundraising benefits, memorials, churches and for inmates at the Humboldt County jail. The AIGC holds three main fundraising concerts per year -- the Harvest Concert in early November, the Holiday Concert in mid-December, and the Prayer Breakfast in early May.

At the time of this recording, the AIGC had a Children’s Choir, with members ranging in age from 5 to 12, and a Teen Choir, with members ranging in age from 13 to 18 years. Currently, the AIGC has a 15 member Youth Choir with members ranging in age from 5-12 years old.

The mission of the AIGC is to inspire faith, hope, love, unity and joy through Black Gospel music. The choir exemplifies the principles of equality, unity and cooperation through multi-faith and multiracial choir membership.

For funding, the non-profit AIGC relies on choir member dues, proceeds from AIGC produced events, donations from the community, various fundraisers, and from grant funds. The AIGC is now part of Humboldt Area Foundation with an Organizational Fund.

The AIGC adapts and performs many different types of songs, including spirituals, freedom songs, traditional gospel, contemporary gospel, and other “gospelized” songs. Black Gospel music developed from spirituals and work songs of African American slaves. These songs testified to the joy and hope of life and dedication to God, even through the experiences of humiliation, pain, suffering and death. Traditional gospel developed from a fusion of spirituals and the blues; contemporary gospel has been influenced by jazz, funk, rock, hip hop, world and other modern music.

History of the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir
The multicultural events in Arcata during May 1992, which were organized by Humboldt State University and CenterArts staff and volunteers, led to the development of the AIGC. Connie Stewart and other volunteers created the first Prayer Breakfast on the North Coast; Connie had recently attended a ministers’ wives Prayer Breakfast in Florida with her grandmother Henryne Goode. The acquittal verdict of the police in the beating of Rodney King occurred a day before the Prayer Breakfast and there was a widespread feeling of anger and powerlessness in those attending.

During the Prayer Breakfast in the Arcata Community Center, many attendees were moved to tears by impassioned speakers and inspired singing. Speakers included Professors Nathan Smith and Caleb Rosado and performers included local vocalist, Karen Dumont, HSU’s Black Student Union Men’s Ensemble, directed by Lourin Plant, and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. A group of the attendees decided to form an interfaith gospel choir in Arcata to help heal the wounds and focus on hope, joy and community.

The AIGC began with a small group singing at the Arcata Presbyterian Church with Professor Lourin Plant as director. After Lourin moved to New Jersey to teach at Rowen State University in 1993, Karen Dumont took over as choir director. AIGC grew and thrived and has had a total of six directors since 1992. In 1999, choir member Ken Collins wrote the AIGC By Laws and registered the AIGC as a Non-Profit Corporation (EIN 91-1850607).

Over the years, the choir has moved its rehearsal space to the Arcata Methodist Church, Saint Albans Episcopal Church and finally back to the Arcata Presbyterian Church. In 1994, Karen Dumont founded the AIGC Youth Choir, which continues today, and in 1996, Assistant Director Seanna Willett founded the AIGC Teen choir, which after a succession of directors, finally dissolved in 2008.

AIGC Adult Choir Directors:
Lourin Plant 1992-1993
Karen Dumont 1993-2004
Barbara Culbertson 2004-2008
Jaese Lecuyer 2008-2009
Jim Hubbard 2009-2015
Louis Hoiland 2016-2017

AIGC Teen Choir Directors:
Seanna Willett 1996-1997
Jaese Lecuyer 1997-1998
Bristol Martin 1999-2007

AIGC Children’s Choir Directors:
Karen Dumont 1994-1998
Bristol Martin 1998-1999
Jeff Gentile 1999-2001
Valetta Molofsky 2001-2005
Tosh Martin 2005-2009



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