Fisk University Choir, the oldest college choir in Tennessee, will perform at Sherman Church on Oct. 18. Photo from 2016 performance at Sherman Church.                       Submitted photo

The Fisk University Choir will perform at 7 p.m. on Oct. 18 at Sherman United Methodist Church, 2214 Ridge Ave. The benefit concert celebrates Sherman’s 97th church anniversary with the theme “I, too sing America.”  

Under the leadership of musical director Christopher A. Duke, this mixed chorus will perform a diverse repertoire of choral musical genres including spirituals, gospel, classical, anthems and hymns. Originally named the Mozart Society, the Fisk Choir was formed in 1879 to assist the famed Fisk Jubilee Singers during their heavy touring season. Sherman choir member Tramaine Parker, an alum of the Chicago Children’s Chorus, the Fisk University Choir, the Jubilee Singers and the John Work Chorale, will be a featured soloist during the concert.

Students come from the Chicago metro area, throughout the U.S., the Bahamas and Africa.  For many of these first-generation college students, Fisk provides the leadership, support, personal growth and educational skills to become intellectuals, artists, scientists and civic leaders.

Concert tickets are available by calling 847-475-1973 or emailing

“We are proud that in the past 13 years, this event has raised over $77,000 for the Fisk University Scholarship Fund,” said Lawrence Hamilton, a member of the Sherman anniversary planning committee.