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History The ECU Gospel Ensemble was founded in the fall semester of 1978 by Johnice Johnson, a dedicated member with a vision for the choir. She received help from Ronald Maxwell, Everett Cannon, and Lawyer Crawford as the directors. The Ensemble performed at various campus events, local churches and area schools. The following year Johnson graduated and turned over the reign to Crawford and Bell, as pianist and director. In the year 1980-81, Bell and Crawford saw the Ensemble grow from 20 voices to 45 voices, this change in size necessitated a change in name, and the group became the East Carolina University Gospel Choir. In 1983, Gregory Horton became the head musician, and in 1985, he became the director, as well. Under Horton's leadership, the choir grew to almost 100 voices. In 1994, Adrienne Calhoun became the new directress. Her unique style and character encouraged the choir to explore new avenues of worship and praise. Later than year, while the choir was once again between directors, Nikki Bennett and Darrell Armstead, two student directors, shared the responsibility of leading the choir. In the fall of 1995, Debra Dixon-Trahan, a gospel recording artist from New York, accepted the position as directress. Presently, the choir has 105 members, along with wonderful musicians.