Contributions are tax deductible, payable to The Community Concert Choir of Baltimore, Inc.
Baltimore, MD 21207
“Lift every voice and sing!”
Ms. Elizabeth Craig, President - Ms. Brittany Howard, Secretary
Ms. Jerrisa D. Carter, Treasurer - Rev. Anthony Horsey, Chaplain
Mr. Gregory Allen, Chair (CCC Auxiliary) - Mr. Marco K. Merrick, Founding Director
Founded by Marco K. Merrick in July 2010, The Community Concert Choir was established to help preserve the musical heritage of the African American Church. On November 7, 2016 the inaugural concert at the Historic Union Baptist Church met with an overflowing crowd, acclaimed reception and enthusiastic support. In an effort to promote good sacred music, as well as educate our children and communities of the rich music legacy unique only to the Black Church, this aggregation has quickly grown to more than 150 members, spanning age, race, cultural denominational and geographic lines. It celebrates the music that has shaped history and reinforced our faith with hope over generations. The mission embraces the community fully, reaffirming the brilliance and strength of our journey for generations to come.
The African America Church tradition has cultivated a broad spectrum of music, shaping our forebears’ existence in America “a strange land” and fostered faith through song. They survived the horrific middle passage of the slave trade and stamped their inimitable legacy in the souls of succeeding generations. Spirituals inspire each era, spanning slavery, American Revolution, Civil War, Reconstruction, Jim Crow Laws, the Civil Rights movement and the modern day, crafting musical development around the world.
The choir’s repertoire spans the Negro Spiritual, Western European hymns and anthems, and the evolution of gospel music. Our music, its institutions and artists vibrant; but this foundational music and unique forms have vanished from many Black Churches. This choir meets a growing need to those hungering for good music in the Baltimore Metropolitan area. Annually, the choir presents three signature concerts (Spring, Fall and Christmas.) In July 2013, the choir held a ceremony and sang the MLK, Jr. Memorial on the Mall in Washington, D.C. and presented its first Christmas concert in December to a standing-room only crowd at the United House of Prayer for All People in Baltimore. The choir made its debut at Morgan State University in 2014, performing with the Hall Men of Calvert Hall College High School and The Singing Sensations of Baltimore in a tribute concert held in the Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center. In August 2016, the choir was featured during the opening ceremony of The National Urban League Convention in Baltimore at New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore. In November 2017, the annual fall concert “Africa is Calling Thee,” took place in Baltimore’s Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, where nearly 3,000 people attended, and hundreds more were turned away because of the capacity crowd.
The Auxiliary is comprised of community leaders and representatives from churches, social, public service, educational and community organizations. It supports the choir’s programs and performances, as well as sponsor several activities, including an annual bus trip to New York City to a Broadway production, a sell-out crab feast each summer, other cultural, social and travel opportunities, to extend the choir’s reach and support to many community events. All are welcome to become a member of the choir and/or the Auxiliary.