History of the Choir

History of the Choir

University Choir


The Elizabeth City State University Concert Choir, having been in existence since 1925, stands as a beacon in the realm of Choral Performance amongst HBCUs throughout the United States of America.

The ECSU Concert Choir was established by such competent pioneers as Joy Wallace Brown, composer of the Alma Mater, Harriet Howard, a Fisk University graduate and Ethel Cannady of Hampton Institute. However, it was not until the 1933-34 academic year that the institution, then Elizabeth City State Colored Normal School acquired Dr. Evelyn A. Johnson (1909-1995). Through her vivacious, erudite and tenacious personality, coupled with that “Tradition of Excellence” upheld by Mr. Billy C. Hines for thirty four (34) years, the Elizabeth City State University Concert Choir continued to strengthen its visibility in the realms of choral music amongst HBCUs.

Under the direction of Dr. Walter R. Swan, Director of Choral Activities, the choir has grown as it continuously strives to deliver high caliber performances through honing and nurturing the talents of tomorrow''s performers with a heightened sense of Pride and Discipline. The choir''s repertoire is vast; encompassing classical music, broadway show tunes, American contemporary and African-American spirituals. With a strong sense of musicality, the choir purports it''s innate ability to touch the hearts of all while captivating audiences with its class leading sound.

In an effort to increase its visibility, the choir is working indefatigably to provide diverse off campus performances. The choir has begun a rigorous and extensive travel campaign to create the awareness of the University and build its music department.