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Past Seasons Archive > 2009 Concert Season > Concert 3


Concert 3
Sunday, September 27, 2008 • 4:00 P.M.

Lift Every Voice And Sing

Presented by:
Ferris State University Department of Humanities
MOISD Career Center - Graphic Arts
• Merilee and Judge Scott Hill-Kennedy
• The Family of Jane Amey

Big Rapids High School Auditorium, Big Rapids, MIarrow Map


Guest Artist Appearing with Edward Mallett:

Alvin WaddlesA native of Detroit, ALVIN B. WADDLES, III began studying the piano at the age of eight under the tutelage of Mrs. Gusseye Dickey, a respected educator in the city. It was she who first instilled in him a life-long love of classical music while encouraging the highest standards of scholarship and performance. It is to her influence that he attributes the meticulous and disciplined approach to his craft for which he is well known. He continued his studies at Cass Technical High School and later at the Interlochen Arts Academy completing his formal education at the University of Michigan School of Music.

After returning to the Detroit area he immediately immersed himself in the rich musical culture of the city, benefitting from the diverse influences that would eventually shape his own unique style. Mr. Waddles has worked in both the Detrois and Ann Arbor Public Schools as well as serving in the Music Ministries of several churches; among them, the historic New Bethel Baptist Church, Hartford Memorial Baptist and Hope United Methodist where he has served as the Director of Music since 1995. He has served as musical directyor and/or pianist for numerous theatrical productions including: The Wiz, Dreamgirls, Chorus Line, West Side Story, Sophisticated Ladies with Detroit Jazz legend Marcus Belgrave and the 1996 Detroit production of Black Nativity directed by Tony Award-Winner George Faison.

Mr. Waddles has performed at the 2004 Ford International Jazz Festival, the Detroit Taste Fest, “Too Hot to Handel” in Detroit and Chicago. Since 2004 has presented a Fats Waller revue with Marion Hayden and Charlie Gabriel. In 2003 he received the Detroit Musician’s Association award for excellence.

He is currently the musical director/pianist for Cook Dixon and Young formerly of the Three Mo’ Tenors. Mr. Waddles has been blessed to work with some of the world’s finest musicians - from Robert Shaw, Margaret Hillis, Brazeal Dennard Minister Thomas Whitfield, Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Haley Westenra and Tramaine Hawkins.

He is the founder of the New Millennium Choral , a group of talented and anointed vocalists hand picked to spread the gospel of Hope, Joy, Strength and Peace as called upon. Still, it is his earnest belief that the greatest honor is to be chosen by God to do His work and he is constantly seeking new ways to align his prodigious gifts with the will of Christ.

Alvin is married to Attorney Lori Bobbitt Waddles and they have four wonderful children.

NEW MILLENNIUM CHORALE is a gospel choir led by Alvin Waddles from the Hope United Methodist Church in Southfield, Mich. This group performs an energentic and inspirational gospel program.