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By Donna Summerall
The Florida Marcell Choir first sang together in May 1976. The organizer and first president of the choir, Jeanette Harrison named the choir in memory of dedicated mothers of the Mt. Hermon M.B. Church Florida Robins and Marcella Chandler. The choir is performing its 40th concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 25, at Mt. Hermon M.B. Church in West Point.
â€śI was part of the choir in its inception,â€ť Irene Royal, former choir president, said. â€śI sang with them from 1976 â€“ 2012. I sang soprano, not high soprano. There were always women who could hit those high notes. The choir has changed a lot in that time. First we preformed hymns, now there is contemporary music mixed in as the choir changed and new people joined.â€ť
Royal said the choir is truly blessed to have Robert Smith, in the church and choir. She said his dedication is unsurpassed. If everyone in the choir passed away, Smith would still be there singing by himself to lift up his voice to God, according to Royal.
The Florida Marcell Choir has been busy during its 38 years with projects such as Welcome to our City concerts for the Northeast Mississippi and Mt. Olivet Congresses of Christian Education, Northeast Mississippi Baptist state conventions and West Pointâ€™s Sesquicentennial observance service at First Baptist Church. The group also provided music for the Mississippi Walk at Sally Kate Winters Park and traveled to Detroit, Mich. The choir has also provided special music for West Alabama church services and donated to numerous church projects, according to Smith.
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