Cheyney student selected for 105 voices

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Barnabus Perry was selected to represent Cheyney University for the 105 Voices of History, National HBCU Concert Choir. The event is going to be showcased at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC on September 19th with musical performances by Dr. Shirley Caesar and Kim Burrell.

Cheyney, PA, August 31, 2010 –(– Barnabus Perry, from Westchester, New York, is currently a senior music major with a concentration in voice at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, and since his tenure he has been under the study of Dr. Sebronette Barnes and Professor Damon H. Dandridge’s choral direction. He is a transfer student from Benedict College in South Carolina where he also was enrolled as a music-voice major. Currently at Cheyney University, Barnabus is a Keystone Honors Academy student, head resident advisor, student ambassador, and president of the Cheyney University Gospel choir. One of Mr. Perry’s ultimate goals is to achieve a master’s degree in music education and become a music educator at a Historic Black College or University.

About Cheyney University

Cheyney University is the nation’s oldest historically Black institution of higher education. It is also the only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). Now celebrating its 26th year, PASSHE comprises Pennsylvania’s 14 public universities, with a combined enrollment of more than 112,500, making it the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. At its inception, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania successfully provided free classical education for qualified young people, and today the university offers baccalaureate degrees in more than 30 disciplines and six master’s degree programs. For more information, please visit the website at

About 105 Voices of History

The “105 Voices of History” is a HBCU National Initiative managed by PAS created to promote diversity in America’s national venues and to link students’ skills across industries. Our vision includes providing a National Platform to increase the exposure of ALL HBCUs to diverse audiences and its many constituents, from corporate America to the youngest students, who will be attracted by the Choir’s performances to pursue higher education. The National initiative provides a forum for the HBCUs and partners to share knowledge and collaborate on ideas for program development among their Colleges/Universities. Most valued, these initiatives will assist to continuously build capacity – A National Initiative provides the HBCUs a National Voice to increase their visibility of their valued talent and legacies.

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