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CSU presents Hymns and Spirituals Concert

University Relations // 12.13.2016

Hymns and Spirituals

Charleston Southern University’s Horton School of Music presents the Mark Sterbank Group in the 13th annual Hymns & Spirituals Concert Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, at 7 p.m. in the East Cooper Baptist Church Worship Center.

The concert features original jazz arrangements of familiar hymns, spirituals and gospel songs.

The first Hymns & Spirituals Concert was performed in 2005 when Sterbank was an artist in residence at CSU. “I had previously written and played similar jazz arrangements of hymns and spirituals while working in the music ministry at Times Square Church in New York City before I moved to Charleston,” said Sterbank. “I also had played a similar concert in Salisbury, North Carolina, with bassist Herman Burney, who performs with my group. I wanted to continue presenting this unique combination of music at CSU.”

For Sterbank, associate professor of jazz studies at CSU, the concert is the highlight of his year, featuring not only his playing but also arranging, his ensemble, and the organization, promotion and logistics of putting on a concert. “I am playing with some of the finest musicians in the region including internationally acclaimed trombonist Fred Wesley, Grammy nominated drummer Quentin Baxter, national touring jazz bassist Herman Burney, Jr., maestro and trumpeter Charlton Singleton of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra and local jazz and gospel piano sensation Demetrius Doctor. It is incredibly exciting to be on stage with all that experience and talent. I'm very blessed to have great colleagues at CSU who assist me each year in this effort.”

Along with new arrangements by Sterbank, the concert features arrangements by members in the band. In all, the Mark Sterbank Group has performed over 85 original arrangements and released two CDs of Hymns & Spirituals.

The concert is open to the public with a $10 suggested donation. East Cooper Baptist Church is located at 361 Egypt Road in Mount Pleasant.


Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is a private, four-year liberal arts college. CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The university's vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.