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March 24 @ 6:00 pm - March 25 @ 7:30 pm MST


Come and participate in an assemblage of multi-cultural, multi-generational, interfaith singers in an experience of joy, praise and fellowship led by Van Gilmer.

New venue for the Gospel Choir Workshop Weekend hosted by Van Gilmer on March 24-25, 2023. Join a multi-cultural, multi-generational, multi-faith choir culminating in a public concert. Both the rehearsal and the concert will be hosted at DRBI. Click image to register or for more information.The weekend will include an intensive and invigorating Friday (6-9:30pm) and Saturday (9:30am-6pm) rehearsal schedule at Desert Rose Baha’i Institute followed by a public GOSPEL CONCERT at 7:30pm on Saturday, March 25 at Desert Rose. (For uniformity, choir attire for the concert is black, free of decoration or other colors.)

The workshop registration fee is $45 which includes Saturday lunch and dinner.  The Workshop Rehearsal and concert will be held in Eleanor Hadden Hall at Desert Rose Baha’i Institute, 1950 West William Sears Drive, located off Tweedy Road between Selma Highway and Hanna Road. Those who don’t sing are invited to be a part of the Saturday evening Concert audience.  Suggested donation for friends attending the concert is $5.

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WORKSHOP/REHEARSALS:  Fri, March 24, 6-9:30pm & Sat, March 25, 9:30am-6pm

CONCERT: Sat, March 25, 7:30pm


Van Gilmer is a musician and Director of Music at the North American Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette, IL. 2022 marked his 14th year directing the annual Choral Festival there which draws worldwide participation.  He has toured throughout Europe, the United States and the Caribbean and has appeared as a soloist twice at Carnegie Hall.  He has escorted two Gospel Choirs on tour (to Europe and to Ethiopia), directed a 200 voice Combined Choir at the invitation of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington DC, conducted a Baha’i Choir in the Mormon Tabernacle during the Parliament of the World’s Religions, and at the invitation of Distinguished Concerts International New York, he took a group of 62 singers to perform Handel’s Messiah in Carnegie Hall with 400 other singers from around the world.  Gilmer is well loved and respected having facilitated gospel workshops from New York to California and from Vancouver to Florida.


March 24 @ 6:00 pm MST
March 25 @ 7:30 pm MST


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Desert Rose Bahá’í Institute
1950 West William Sears Drive
Eloy, AZ 85131-1129 United States
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(520) 466-7961
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