Shades of Praise and Jubilation Gospel Choirs

Contact: Kent Stevenson at

Hand-clapping, drums, horns, piano and stringed instruments are a vital part of the celebration
at the 12noon Sunday liturgy at St Therese Parish, Seattle. 

With an inspirational repertoire of gospel, spirituals, jazz, acapella, and Latin-influenced service
music, the Shades of Praise Gospel Choir, continues to uplift and energize the St Therese
community in song.

Under the leadership of music director and founder, Kent Stevenson, the choir also shares its
musical ministry within the wider community with seasonal concerts, ecumenical activities,
memorials, weddings, celebrations, performances, recordings and even The Argosy Christmas

The Shades of Praise Choir also demonstrates a commitment to peace and justice through its
participation in multi-cultural, interfaith and immigrant services and events, as well as hospital,
prison and shelter visits.

The Shades of Praise Choir will celebrate its 40th Anniversary year in 2020.

Current Members:
Music Director: Kent Stevenson

Conductors: Michael Allen; Kenya Léger

Musicians: Kent Stevenson and Orlando Morales, Piano; Hank Phillips, Bass; Joey Phillips,
Drums; BJ Montoya, Violin

Altos: Sr. Chauncey Boyle; Yvonne Brandon; Carole Crowder-King; Sharon Dobie; Ayanna Eagan;
Michele Edwards; Daron Edwards; Bertha Elfalan; KT Fajardo; Mary Frizzell; Vicky Garner;
Theresa Halzle; Cezanne Hardy, Bernadette Harris Judith Hightower; Loretta McIver; Andrea
Rye; Dawn Tuason

Sopranos: Deborah Brockway; Mary Lou Colasurdo; Raedene Copeland; Terri Gallagher; Beth
Gobich; Julia Greenlee; Patti James; Sarah Jane Johnson; Darcy Keller; Jamie Najera; Peggy Noll;
Shannon McCarty; Sharon Wilcox

Baritone: Charlie Czech; Drew Keller; Tony Machacha; Doug O'Brien

Tenor: Michael Allen; Steven Dever; Kenya; John Lewis; Lisa McIver; Orlando Morales; Damaris
Pearson; Helena Stephens; Gail Thomas, Dave Tawatao



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