Voices of Inner Strength Gospel Choir

Image of the Voices of Inner Strength Gospel choir performing inside of a church

The Voices of Inner Strength Gospel Choir, Emory's longstanding and dynamic gospel choir, welcomes all who desire to praise God with song and serve as taught in God's word. The choir began with a concert on April 21, 1985 that included a homily by Civil Rights leader and minister The Reverend C.T. Vivian.

The VOIS choir sings at Beloved Community Worship the fourth Sunday of each month at 11 a.m. in Cannon Chapel, offers one campus concert each semester, and sings at university events such as Baccalaureate and other occasions. 

The choir welcomes enthusiastic singers who want to explore or join in its ministry of music. Rehearsals take place weekly during the academic year on Fridays from 6-8 p.m. For more information, please contact Mr. Maury Allums, OSRL Director of Music, at mallums@emory.edu.

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VOIS Forever Endowment

We are so thankful to all of our generous donors who helped us reach the goal of $100,000 in gifts and pledges to establish the endowment the Voices of Inner Strength Gospel Choir on December 31, 2022. The fund will be established when all gifts and pledges have been paid in full. Special thanks to our leadership donors and all who helped us cross the finish line. VOIS and OSRL have felt the strong support of our community throughout this campaign and we cannot wait to keep sharing the Spirit, the music, and the solidarity for many years to come. Gifts can continue to made in the form of monthly pledges over a five year period and count toward Emory’s 2O36 campaign. You can make a leadership gift of $10,000, $5000, or $2500, which would be $167, $84, or $42 per month. To do so, please contact Dean McGonigle at religiouslife@emory.edu.

All contributions are valuable and can be made to the fund called “Voice Choir Service Project” at this link. Thank you for your ongoing support as we make the VOIS spiritual community a part of Emory forever.


VOIS Choir Service Trips

Over the years during Spring Break, students in VOIS have offered a service learning trip and service project. On these trips, VOIS members learn, sing, and serve in an ecumenical setting with persons of a culture that is different from theirs. Upon returning to Emory, the choir members serve as ambassadors for ecumenical educational service and experiences. For more information, please contact the OSRL Music Director, Mr. Maury Allums, at mallums@emory.edu.


VOIS History

To learn more about VOIS history, please watch this mini documentary: VOIS's Documentary

Please read this article about VOIS' history over three decades: Call and Response Article


Recent Concerts and Reunions

Saturday, April 15, 2023 - VOIS Spring Concert

Sunday, February 19, 2023 - Soul Food Gospel Fest

Saturday, November 12, 2022 - VOIS Fall Concert

Saturday, April 9, 2022 - VOIS Spring Concert

Saturday, November 13, 2021 - VOIS Fall Concert

Saturday, October 23, 2021 – Praise at the Pavilion Homecoming Reunion 

  • Alumni and friends of the Voices of Inner Strength Gospel Choir gathered for a lively and fun reunion, with Choir Director Maury Allums. There was food, music, spirit, friends, and community.  Praise at the Pavilion Poster

Friday, June 18, 2021 - VOIS Summer 2021 Reunion 

  • VOIS alumni and friends gathered virtually to mark the Juneteenth holiday. A VOIS mini-documentary was debuted, VOIS members from each decade (70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and 2000’s) spoke on why VOIS was important for them, and Maury Allums (Emory OSRL Music Director and VOIS Director) was celebrated for over 30 years of service to the community. Take a look at the reunion program here: https://online.fliphtml5.com/bmyfc/yxfg/#p=1.  


February, February 19, 2021 – VOIS Winter 2021 Reunion 

  • VOIS alumni and friends gathered for a virtual post-lecture discussion and reunion following the inaugural Emory OSRL Black History Month Lecture with The Reverend Adam Russell Taylor 98C, the new president of Sojourners, and a former faith and advocacy leader at the World Bank and World Vision.


Support the VOIS Choir

To make a gift to VOIS, please click this link and use the fund "Voice Choir Service Project."