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. In addition, VOIS has offered an annual service learning trip in the continental U.S. or abroad during Spring Break and sings at churches around Atlanta and performs acts of service locally.

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. in White Hall 101. For more information, please contact Mr. Maury Allums, OSRL Director of Music, at mallums@emory.edu.

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


VOIS Endowment Campaign Update

We are so excited to share that as of September 2022, the VOIS Endowment Campaign to make VOIS a permanently-funded program of Emory spiritual life has crossed the threshold of $70,000 in generous pledges and donations. We need to reach $100,000 by December 31, 2022 in order to endow this program.

Gifts can be 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 Trip

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.

Watch Voices of Inner Streath Gospel Choir at Emory's Beloved Community Worship Sept. 24, 2017

Voices of Inner Strength Gospel Choir Fall 2017 Concert


Call and Response

Please read how Voices of Inner Strength and Emory's gospel choir celebrates three decades with director Maury Allums at the link below:

Call and Response Article


Recent VOIS Reunions and Events

Saturday, October 23, 2022 – 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."