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Dominique Smith Performs with the 105 Voices of History HBCU National Concert Choir

Charlotte, N.C. (October 15, 2012) – Dominique Smith, a senior at Johnson C. Smith University, recently performed with the 105 Voices of History HBCU National Concert Choir for the Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. , in September.  

In celebration of their Fifth Year Leadership Concert, students performed musical selections with gospel performing artist Wintley Phipps and Tramaine Hawkins. They also attended a leadership summit program that highlighted leadership skills, financial literacy, professional appearance and health. One of the sessions included a vocal performance, “Demonstration of Commitment to Preparation for Excellence,” by the U.S. Navy Presidential Chorus. Smith was also invited to visit the Washington National Opera, where he met the conductor and members of the Opera Chorus.

Smith expressed his gratitude to Johnson C. Smith University and said, “JCSU has helped in many ways, such as providing me with transportation to rehearsal locations. If it weren’t for my advisor, Dr. Shawn-Allyce White, I would not have had the opportunity to be a part of this great national choir.” Smith is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in music and sacred music and will graduate May 2013.  He currently is a baritone singer with the Johnson C. Smith University Concert Choir, where he serves as vice president and student director of the JCSU Concert Choir. In February 2013, he is scheduled to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as a member of the National Choir. “Participating in the 105 Voices of History HBCU National Concert Choir has been a great experience for me,” he said “I am looking forward to going back in February 2013.”

Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is an independent, close-knit urban university located in Charlotte, N.C. It has a growing national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology in ways that empower tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial citizens and leaders. Offering 23 fields of study to more than 1,600 students from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, the University’s excellent academic programs focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility. For more information about JCSU, visit or follow the University on social media sites Facebook ( and Twitter (@JCSUniversity).          





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