The Spirit Chorale of Los Angeles
The Spirit Chorale celebrates over 20 years on a journey of preserving the music of African-American composers, especially the Negro spiritual. Director and Founder Byron J. Smith has the pleasure of working with some of the most sought-after voices in Los Angeles to make up this dynamic choral ensemble.
The chorale has received rave reviews and critical acclaim for its performances before many noted audiences such as the American Choral Directors Association National Convention, Choral Conductor Guild National Convention, The National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. National Convention, the San Diego Symphony and numerous churches and concert halls throughout the country. They have also performed and recorded with artist such as Barry Manilow, Clifton Davis, Hector Oliveras, Andre Crouch, Della Reese, Larnelle Harris and Richard Smallwood. The Spirit Chorale also prides itself on work with Wynton Marsallis on the movie Rosewood, and his All Rise project. It has also been featured on Extreme Makeovers-Home Edition and as Christmas music on the ABC television game show Jeopardy. It has had two successful tours of Europe and is scheduling a tour of Japan and its third European Tour of Germany, Italy and Spain .
The Spirit Chorale prides itself on the preservation of the Negro spiritual and programs compositions by some favorite composers including Jester Hairston, Hall Johnson, Undine Smith Moore, Moses Hogan, Richard Jackson and more. Director Smith, known for many outstanding gospel arrangements, provides these and many more uplifting arrangements to complete the program.