WALNUT CREEK, CA — This summer, Gospel music fans can watch the top church choirs from the Oakland-area compete in the regional round of How Sweet the Sound presented by Verizon Wireless. The national search for "The Best Church Choir in America" stops in Oakland at ORACLE Arena Saturday, October 10, 2009.
Choirs will compete for the title of "best choir in Oakland" and prizes of up to $15,000. The winning choir from the Oakland performance also will have an opportunity to represent Oakland in the How Sweet the Sound grand finale event. Tickets to the concert are $7 for floor seats and $5 for lower- and upper-tier seats.
2009 How Sweet the Sound Oakland Finalists
A panel of judges including Clifford Brown from KDIA-AM/KDYA-FM and Elvin Ross, Gospel music professional, reviewed the audition tapes submitted by Bay Area church choirs and selected the top choirs to compete. By category, those selected are:
- Few Voices Category:
o The Pentecostals Of The Bay Area, United Pentecostal Church
o Apostolic Community Life Choir, Apostolic Community Life Center
o Mt. Zion-Sound of Zion, Mt. Zion Assemblies
o Voices of Victory, Abundant Life Ministries, WLAC
- Many Voices Category:
o Angelic Voices of Deliverance Center Choir, East Oakland Faith Deliverance Center
o Genesis Worship Center Choir, Genesis Worship Center
o East Bay Church Of Religious Science International Choir, East Bay Church of Religious Science
o Jubilee Christian Center Choir, Jubilee Christian Center
Details about How Sweet the Sound, including schedules, judging criteria and the official event rules are available at www.HowSweetTheSound.com.
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