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ITHACA, N.Y. –– The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers (DCJS) will present a free, but fundraising, online concert dubbed “A Virtual Concert of Hope and Joy,” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20, online at

The concert will not only feature the diverse chorus of more than 50 singers who perform locally and throughout the region singing hits like Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, but also

  • The Ithaca College School of Music Voice Faculty and Ithaca College choral ensembles
  • Scenes from Amahl and The Night Visitors, with soloists Amber Ward, Geoff Peterson, Brian Gibbs, Evan Sacco and Simon Lee
  • The Liturgical Dancers
  • The world premiere of the social justice songs Lift Each Other Higher by Elisa Keeler, dedicated to the Black Lives Matter Movement, and Good Trouble, a commissioned piece for DCJS by Stan Spottswood
  • Soloists Josiah Spellman and Marie Ellis-Jordan
  • Gospel superstar Krista McKenzie from Laurel, MS.

“We have struggled as a community to stay connected and make music. But thanks to technology, we’ve continued virtually and are able to produce this extraordinary concert,” Artistic Director Dr. Baruch Whitehead, associate professor of music education at Ithaca College said about the event. “I would especially like to thank Alec Staples for his extraordinary skills and countless hours of editing and Emmett Scott, our accompanist who contributed superb piano tracks.”

The concert is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to help the chorus through these difficult times. Please register to donate at

The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers sponsors include The Community Arts Partnership and the Cayuga Medical Center.


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