You are cordially invited to join us for

The 50th Annual

Festival of Spirituals


Palm Sunday, April 14th 2019 at 6 pm

First Presbyterian Church, Norman

555 S. University


special arrangements by Brandon Haynes

Northern Oklahoma College Jubilee Singers

Ambassadors Concert Choir

Dr. Irv Wagner and the OU Trombone Choir

First Presbyterian Church Choir

Special Guest performers

Shannon Bradford, Deonna Cattledge, Elvie Ellis, Johvanny Fiorini, Betsy Fischborn, Bonita Franklin, Marcy Gonzales, Brandon Haynes, Jeremy Sheets (cell0), Rev. Erica C. Thomas, Dr. Sandra Thompson, Hunter Vogele


 There is never a charge for admission to the Festival of Spirituals, as it is our gift to the community.

Contributions are always gratefully accepted.

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About the Festival of Spirituals

The Festival of Spirituals, which actually predates the founding of Cimarron Circuit, has been a Palm Sunday tradition since 1970. The late Thomas and Carol Brice Carey, opera singers and Cimarron Circuit founders, developed the annual festival to keep aspects of African-American heritage alive. A selection of new and familiar spirituals will be presented by community, student and guest singers. The festival is one of only a few nationwide that seeks to preserve this original American art form and the stories surrounding its evolution.


Finale (Combined Choirs) @ St John's Episcopal Church of Norman

SquishBand at the 48th Annual Festival of Spirituals


Erica C. Thomas


Dr. Irv Wagner