UMO to Hold “The Songs We Sing” Event November 18

UMO to Hold “The Songs We Sing” Event November 18

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will hold “The Songs We Sing” event on Wednesday, November 18, at 9 AM in Rodgers Chapel. Placed in the middle of Founders week, this program will feature treasured hymns and songs in the University’s tradition. A variety of musical styles will be explored, and this presentation will feature guest speaker Dr. John Blackwell, dean of the chapel.

Blackwell will perform at the piano. Dr. David Hines, the vice president of academic affairs, will sing alongside instrumentalists, Dr. Franklin Gross and Dr. William Ford, who will represent the music faculty.

Student performers for the event are Ruth Centeno, Sandra Cordero, Caroline Humphrey, Barjeana Jeffries, Hannah Lee, Micah Lee, Samantha Martin, Christian Powell, JeRyan Rouse and Tevin Vines. The Mount Olive Middle School Choir will be guest musicians from the community, singing under the direction of Peggy O. Vaughan.

The event is free and local teachers are encouraged to bring their students. If bringing a large group or for more information on the event, please contact Dr. Gross at

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit