HU Choir Set to Perform for Washington’s NFL Season Opener

WASHINGTON (Friday, September 11, 2020) – This Sunday, Sept.13, the Howard University Choir will provide a virtual performance of J. Rosamond Johnson and James Weldon Johnson’s Lift Every Voice and Sing as part of the opening ceremonies of the season opener of the Washington Football Team. FOX will broadcast the game at 1:00 pm ET.

“This marks the first appearance by the Howard University Choir with the Washington Football Team, however, the choir has a long and prestigious history as an ambassador for the University and representative for the nation,” said Director Eric Poole, DMA, who will conduct the choir’s performance. “We’d like to thank the Washington Football Team for the opportunity to participate in their social justice initiatives at the start of this new season, and special thanks to Kornerstone Productions for the excellent work compiling our video presentation.”

The Howard University Choir has performed for U.S. presidents, heads of state, religious leaders, and international festivals in Rome, Paris, and Valencia. The choir has also performed at services marking the passing of several prominent civil servants, such as Justice Thurgood Marshall, Secretary Ron Brown, and Congressman Elijah Cummings.


Over the years, the choir has performed at major concert venues in the DMV and beyond, including the Kennedy Center, Constitution Hall and the National Gallery of Art and New York’s Carnegie Hall,  Riverside Church and Abyssinian Baptist Church. They have also represented the United States in concert tours to Puerto Rico; the Virgin Islands; Paris, France; Rome, Italy; China, Russia, Tokyo, Japan; and Valencia, Spain.

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholar, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 11 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Fellows and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit www.howard.edu.