Sacred music class set to start on Monday

Sacred music class set to start on Monday

URBANA — The first meeting for Willie Summerville's sacred music class at the University of Illinois will be from 6 to 8:45 p.m. Monday in the sanctuary of Salem Baptist Church, 500 E. Park St.

Summerville, outreach coordinator for the UI Department of African American Studies, said the class, which will meet throughout the UI's spring semester from 6 to 8:45 p.m. Mondays, has always attracted a diverse group of students.

In the course, "Harmonizing Select Music and Cultural Differences," Summerville covers both African-American and European sacred music. The textbooks will be "Total Praise" and "The African American Heritage Hymnal," both GIA Publications and available at the Illini Union Bookstore.

UI degree students may enroll in the class using the student self-service system at The course number is AFRO 498 WTS, 59099. Online and continuing education students may register by calling Peggy Day at 244-2507 or emailing

The class also is open to students for enrichment only; they are not assigned grades or homework.

So far, the course is offered only during the spring semester.