The Benedict College Concert Choir has been dedicated to the preservation of African-American music throughout the history of the College. The choir is recognized for its stylistic diversity and originality, performing works ranging from anthems, opera and oratorio choruses, African- American spirituals, classical and contemporary gospel, and interpretations of Broadway and popular tunes. The choir's credits include performances with poet Maya Angelou, actor Clifton Davis, Gospel recording artist BeBe Winans, the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra, the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, and numerous television and radio broadcasts. Additionally, the choir recorded a holiday video, A Christmas Tribute-1990, dedicated and sent to the U.S. Troops serving in the Persian Gulf War; an inspirational video for Magic Johnson in 1991; and is in current production of its first compact disc.
Under the direction of Dr. Linda L. Kershaw, the choir has grown from thirty-five voices in 1990, to over seventy voices. The ensemble is a highly visible, cultural emissary of the college, performing for an array of school, church, civic, and social entities. The Benedict College Concert Choir has been featured at the National Baptist Convention in Greenville, South Carolina (Fall 1998); The National Congressional Black Caucus Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C (Fall 1998); at two American Baptist Churches USA Biennial Meetings (Des Moines, Iowa-Summer, 1999 and Providence, Rhode Island- Summer, 2001); and, the Newberry Opera House, March 2000 and April 2002.
The touring group of fifty - representative of every academic discipline, campus sororities, and fraternities, student government, student leadership, the NAACP, athletics, and the Honors Program - continues to be a prominent recruitment entity for the College. This dedicated group of students annually spends its Spring Break in recruitment. In most recent years, the group has performed nationally in Orlando, Miami, and Jacksonville, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; New Orleans, Louisiana; Kansas City, Kansas; Detroit, Michigan; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Windsor, Ontario; San Antonio and Austin, Texas.
Seventy-five percent of the performers have earned Service-to-the-College performance awards and academic scholarships.