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Singing because of inspiration

Nov. 12, 1999

Singspiration program to include gospel,

contemporary pieces

By LAUREN JENKINS

Reporter

The annual homecoming Singspiration will take place at 7:30 p.m. today at First Baptist Church of Waco. Singspiration is the annual songfest sponsored by the Baylor Alumni Association.

The program will include contemporary, gospel and congregational sing-along selections. The evening will be led by Ron Bowles, minister of music and media at First Baptist Church of El Paso and will include talented Baylor alumni and friends.

'[Singspiration] is a community-wide singing service. It is a wonderful time of worship and praise,' said Rebecca Kennedy, director of the Baylor Religious Hour Choir. 'It is really exciting to see the alumni come back in worship together.'

Bowles, a 1974 Baylor graduate, will direct the final Singspiration of the millennium. In addition to Bowles, participants include Baylor alumna Suzanne Bowles, lecturer in voice at the University of Texas at El Paso; Lydia Bratcher, accompanist and piano instructor in Waco; Dr. Ray Burchette, executive vice president of the Baylor Alumni Association; Rebecca Kennedy; Sandi Lewis, Christian vocal artist and performers from Houston; Dennis McDaniel, a Christian vocalist and Weatherford freshman; and Jason Ranton, Baylor student publication adviser and organist at First Baptist Church of Waco.

'I have directed Singspiration many times over the past 10 years,' Bowles said. 'This is one of the longest time-honored traditions at Baylor. It always features upbeat congregational singing. The name 'Singspiration' comes from all the singing that results in all the inspiration.'

According to Bowles and the Alumni Association, Singspiration has been a Baylor tradition for 50 years. It has featured a number of concert artists and popular styles of music. Although it has grown and changed, Singspiration holds on to the traditional aspect and still includes favorite hymns and choruses. Singspiration is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Baylor Alumni Association at 710-1121.