Outreach is a major part of the ministry at California Baptist University and this semester the Collinsworth School of Music recorded a compilation CD that will fulfill that purpose.
Rachel Mendoza, junior music education major and co-president of Women’s Choir, said although the release date has not been finalized, the goal is to make the CD available before May. With this goal met, the choir will sell the recording on tour, which has the potential to drive up album sales.
“I get first-hand experience talking to people and selling CDs, and one of the main questions asked is usually when we will be recording for a new CD,” said Cassandra Ault, sophomore liberal studies major and head of public relations for the choir.
The ensembles featured in the album are Male Chorale, directed by Steven Dahlgren; Women’s Choir, directed by Dr. Dawn Gilmore; and New Song, directed by Kathleen Kopitzke, visiting professor of music.
“This new CD will showcase all three choirs instead of just one, which makes it unique,” Ault said. “Never before have the CBU choral groups produced a compilation CD. This CD will showcase part of what CBU has to offer in the music program to potential students.”
This compilation will also reach out to people with the gospel through music. Songs in the album will include “Sing,” “Your God Has Come” and “Cornerstone” combined with “Mighty to Save.”
“Part of the school’s mission is just to reach out and extend the gospel to the people around us,” said Kaylen Lindsay, junior mathematics major and co-president of Women’s Choir. “One of the ways that we do that is through our CD sales.”
Gilmore said the recording not only gives people the opportunity to bring a part of the performance home, it offers students a way to take home memories from their choral experience at CBU.