Count Basie Center Gospel Choir

The Count Basie Center Gospel Choir!

The Count Basie Center Gospel Choir is headed by Music Director Gwen Moten and assistant music director Dr. B Dexter Allgood, designed as a community initiative open to interested performers in New Jersey and surrounding areas. Moten, whose resume includes international presentations and appointments in Newark, the United Nations, the White House and elsewhere, believes the Basie Center Gospel Choir will be an engaging cultural and artistic offering, designed to develop a holistic and cultural ecology throughout the Basie Center community and beyond.

The Count Basie Center Gospel Choir has had many successful performances with stars like Melba Moore and collaborations with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

The choir will continue to perform at events in and around the community, including onstage at the Basie Center’s historic Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre and the organization’s brand new performance space, The Vogel.


On Saturday July 30 (10-11AM) and Saturday August 6 (10-11AM) choir director Gwen Moten and the Basie Center will host auditions for Count Basie Center Gospel Choir at the Basie’s Grunin Arts & Education Building.

Interested performers may request a timeslot and should be prepared to submit a music resume, headshot / photo, and one solo vocal selection to be performed during the audition. An optional YouTube / Vimeo link may also be submitted.

If interested, please fill out the audition form and someone will be in touch!

For more information, email Samantha Giustiniani, Senior Director of Education & Outreach of the Count Basie Center for the Arts at [email protected] or call 732.224.8778 x 125.