Chowan University Gospel Choir


The Chowan University Gospel Choir is an auditioned, mixed vocal ensemble that is one of the branches of the university’s campus ministry. This group performs and represents the university for special ceremonies, concerts, worship services, concert tours and competitions both on and off-campus.

If you are interested in having the gospel choir sing at your event, please contact Minister of Engagement, Calvin Carter.

Membership in The gospel choir

The invitation to become a member is open to the entire Chowan University student body. Students will have the opportunity to apply for the Chowan University Gospel Choir Scholarship, work study positions, and can even take choir as an elective to go towards their credit hours. 

As a member of the Chowan University Gospel Choir, you can look forward to traveling both domestically and internationally, competing against other university gospel choirs, ministering to the student body through many Campus Ministry programs and churches upon request.

How to join the gospel choir

Any Chowan University newly accepted or currently enrolled student in good standing with the university,  Student Affairs, and has a grade point average of at least 2.0 is allowed to audition and become a member.

Chowan University Gospel Scholarships are awarded in various amounts to incoming freshmen or transfer students on the basis of academic record, character and musical talents regardless of their major. Students with financial need will be assisted in seeking additional assistance through the university’s Office of Financial Aid.

All candidates must be accepted before they can set up an audition.  Whether audition is in person or by video submission it will be reviewed by the Choir Director.

In-Person Audition:  You may use your own accompanist or recorded instrumental for prepared songs.

  1. Come to the audition prepared to sing and answer questions.
  2. Perform Pitch matching exercises, and scale warm ups
  3. Perform a song that best highlights your singing ability.
  4. Sing back an excerpt of a song taught to you for your voice part.

Video Audition: Be sure the full body is visible in the camera and voice is clearly heard. You will be sent a google form link that will also guide you through your virtual audition There will be a time limit to submit your completed audition. Anything submitted after that time will result in a deduction in your award.


Learning a song

You will listen to the first minute and fifteen of a song and record a video of you singing your part and upload to the google form or share it in an email. 


Song of choice

Record yourself singing a song of choice and upload it to the google form or share in an email; it can be a previously recorded performance.  Also submit the following information for your song on the google form:

  • What is the name of the song?
  • Who is the writer/composer of the song?
  • What is the Genre/Style of the song?
  • What language you will be singing it in (if other than English)?
  • Why you chose this song?

Fill in the information on the Google form and move to the next section.


Vocal Range Test 

You will select the vocal range test that fits your voice and compete it and record

your highest and lowest note on the Google form


If you have any trouble, questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

  1. Must be accepted or enrolled as a full-time student pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree.

  2. Earn and maintain a 2.0 GPA

  3. Participate and remain active in Chowan University Gospel Choir

  4. Remain in good standing with the Student Affairs and the University

  5. Must successfully complete 24 credit hours in an academic year

  6. All scholarship recipients must live on campus.

The Scholarship Awards are not to extend beyond the fourth year unless there are extenuating circumstances.

Please Note: This award is intended to help fund the cost of your education here at Chowan University. Receipt of additional financial aid awards or change in your status with the institution may result in an adjustment to your financial aid award package and/or this award.

*The committee strongly encourages you to consider reducing your student loan burden. If you wish to make adjustments to your student loans, please contact the Financial Aid Office.*

  1. Information- Attend a choir recruiting day at your high school or church, ask questions, and learn more about Chowan
  2. Apply to Chowan – Follow the steps for admissions to Chowan (visit
  3. Complete scholarship application.
    1. Audition
      1. In-Person Audition: You may use your own accompanist or recorded instrumental for prepared songs.
      2. Video Audition: Be sure the full body is visible in the camera and voice is clearly heard.
    2. Visit and Tour Campus – Schedule a visit to Chowan to take a tour of the campus and complete the audition.

Interested students should complete the online application for admissions to Chowan University at

Then complete the Chowan University Scholarship Application to be contacted to set up auditions and get necessary material information at CUGCScholarship/apply.

Meet the minister of engagement

Calvin Carter
Calvin Carter

Calvin Carter, 2015 alumnus returned to Chowan University in January 2022 to fill the newly created position of Minister of Engagement.  

The newly established role of the Minister of Engagement is to assist the Minister to the University in enhancing and supporting the ministry to students at Chowan University through creative areas of student lead ministries and to assist the Director of Student Life with annual university events. The Minister of Engagement is also tasked with developing, recruiting, and leading the University’s first every scholarshipped Gospel Choir. 

Carter graduated with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Music and then received a Certification in Church Music and Worship Formation from Campbell University Divinity School in 2018.  He was most recently serving as an Elementary Music Teacher in Franklin City Public Schools in his hometown of Franklin, Virginia. He has performed at Carnegie Hall and The Lincoln Center in New York City as a soloist; Kennedy center in Washington D.C.; St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin Ireland; He has performed with 105 Voices of History National HBCU Choir; North Carolina Master Chorale; Distinguished Concerts International New York; and has sung with and directed a myriad of adult and youth choirs at churches in Virginia and North Carolina.