Gospel Legend Donald Lawrence To Lead The First Ever Verizon's How Sweet The Sound Choir Boot Camp

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — GRAMMY® Award-winning artist, writer and producer, Donald Lawrence, will lead the first ever Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound Choir Boot Camp, presented in partnership with the Stellar Awards. Registration is now open for the unique two-day program that offers choirs the chance to receive music instruction and counsel from some of the most respected names in the gospel industry, perfect their skills, network, and learn more about the upcoming 2011 Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound choir celebration. In addition to Lawrence, who will act as Head Master, gospel notables V. Michael McKay, Judith McAllister, JJ Hairston, Aaron Lindsey, James Robinson and Earl Bynum will each serve as Choir Masters, leading seminars and workshops designed to empower choirs to further develop their talent and music ministry. Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound Choir Boot Camp will take place from Jan. 12 to 15 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville, Tenn.

“Verizon is pleased to partner with the Stellar Awards to present the first How Sweet the Sound Choir Boot Camp,” said Elva Lima, executive director of community relations and multicultural communications, Verizon Wireless. “Verizon is committed to giving back to the many communities that we serve, and creating this opportunity is just one more example of that commitment.”

The activities commence with a welcome reception on Jan. 12, followed by two days of seminars and workshops and a sneak peak at the Stellar Awards rehearsal and conclude with the Boot Camp Certificate Awards Breakfast. The Stellar Awards will be held on Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. The workshops will include:

  • Workshop 1: Pulling the Best from Your Choir
  • Workshop 2: The Gifting of Music
  • Workshop 3: Songwriting/Arranging
  • Workshop 4: Choir Ministry: Beyond the Walls of Your Church
  • Workshop 5: The Business of Music
  • Workshop 6: The Highest Praise
  • Workshop 7: Production

To learn more about Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound Choir Boot Camp and register to be a part of this educational and inspiring program, visit www.HowSweetTheSoundBootcamp.com. The cost of the program is $150, and participants will receive 20 percent off of their purchase of tickets to the 2011 Stellar Awards.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Broadcast-quality B-Roll featuring Verizon’s 2010 How Sweet the Sound coverage is available online. Visit Verizon Wireless’ Multimedia Library at http://verizonwireless.mediaseed.tv/Story.aspx?story=37569 to preview and request video segments, which can be received in newsrooms digitally or by tape.)

About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 79,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.