Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Terrance Kelly, Director

Under the direction of Terrance Kelly, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir (OIGC) brings together singers and instrumentalists who embody a community of diverse races, cultures, and faiths. Sharing an uncontainable passion for music, their mission is to inspire joy and unity among all people through black gospel and spiritual music.  

Celebrating its thirty-second season, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir was born out of a gospel
music workshop led by the exuberant Terrance Kelly at Living Jazz’s Jazz Camp West. It became an independent non-profit organization in 1991, and since then, the award-winning choir has performed with a wide variety of artists, such as Joshua Nelson, the Prince of Kosher Gospel; the Blind Boys of Alabama; and the Duke Ellington Orchestra. OIGC also appears on Grammy-winning albums by Linda Ronstadt, MC Hammer, Tramaine Hawkins, and others. 

2017 has been a historic year for OIGC. In April, the choir hosted more than 400 participants at the first ever International Interfaith Gospel Music Conference at the Convention Center in Oakland. The finale concert featured choirs from all over the globe and Edwin Hawkins. In October, OIGC teamed up with San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus for the Lavender Pen tour, which took nearly 300 people on a soul-enriching, life-changing journey for equality through five Southern States.

OIGC was named Best Gospel Choir in 2006 and the winner in the Best Church Music category in 2009 in the East Bay Express Readers’ Polls and was voted Best Arts Organization by Oakland Magazine readers in 2015. Terrance Kelly was recognized as Best Choir Director in the East Bay Express in 2015 and granted the Dr. Edwin Hawkins Excellence Award in 2013.

To learn more about OIGC, visit oigc.org.

(November 2017)