Session Abstract: In the United States, the Black church’s mission has been two-pronged. It has been a place of comfort where community members celebrate, mourn, and commune in an affirming spiritual center. The Black church has also served as an incubator for change-agent thinking, addressing the issues that intellectually, physically, and socially impact the Black community. This session traces the development of the soundtrack of the Black Church and offers a grounded and practical approach to performance practice, gesture, programming, and choral pedagogy. Attendees will actively engage in singing and conducting, with examples expertly demonstrated by a lab choir of conference attendees.