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Essence of Joy Uses Music to Spread a Message of Strength and Equality

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Tony Leach conducts Essence of Joy

Room 101 of the Music Building isn’t very exciting. With the exception of the shiny black grand piano in front, it’s actually kind of grey. But all of that changes when, at 3:30 p.m., members of the Essence of Joy choir stream in for rehearsal. Even though it’s the first Monday after the three-week holiday break, the group is buzzing.

Though the choir, led by Anthony Leach, professor of music and music education, is busy year-round, January is particularly meaningful, as the singers raise their voices to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. For the full story, click here.