The Brockington Ensemble began as the Gospel Singers Ensemble, founded in 1963. Professor Brockington led a program called “Something Nice for Half Price” on the day of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in November 1963. Eight to nine singing groups gathered together, calling themselves the Gospel Singers Ensemble; the program was met with great enthusiasm. The Gospel Singers Ensemble later changed its name to the Brockington Ensemble in 1966.
The Brockington Ensemble is a non-denominational choir composed of approximately 50 men and women. Its members have different denominational affiliations, including Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, and Mennonite. Despite such differences, however, members identify the Brockington Ensemble as a “family.” Professor Brockington is frequently identified by ensemble members as a parent. The ensemble is also led by twelve board members. According to Professor Brockington, the ensemble is built upon mutual respect.
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