M. C. Chatman Multi Music Fest Founders Celebration

Founders Concert

Join us as we commemorate the hard work of Anna L. Chatman when she founded The M. C. Chatman Center for Humanitarian Services. The Multi Music Fest Founders Concert will open on the Friday night during the weekend celebration of the 11th Annual Multi Music Fest with a night of Gospel Music.

These musicians performing are all Cleveland bred, but now have been doing their music ministry nationwide over the years. A group dedicated to honoring The M. C. Chatman Center for Humanitarian Services through wiliness to return home and generously contributed toward the fund raiser of The Center and to those who continue their support today. The one-night-only concert will feature special appearances from Avis Denise Graves of North Carolina, Reggie Pitman and the founders very own grandson Michael McElroy from New York. Gospel music was the theme for the first two Multi Music Fests held at the Cleveland Zoo and honored Rev. M Chatman the pastor of The Original Harvest Baptist Church. Traditional black gospel is music that is written to express either personal or a communal belief regarding African American Christian life, as well as (in terms of the varying music styles) to give a Christian alternative to mainstream secular music. It is a form of Christian music and a subgenre of gospel music.

Gospel music is composed and performed for many purposes, including aesthetic pleasure, religious or ceremonial purposes, and as an entertainment product for the marketplace. Gospel music usually has dominant vocals (often with strong use of harmony) with Christian lyrics. Gospel music can be traced to the early 17th century,

Like other forms of music the creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of gospel music varies according to culture and social context. It is composed and performed for many purposes, ranging from aesthetic pleasure, religious or ceremonial purposes, or as an entertainment product for the marketplace. However, a common theme as with most Christian music is praise, worship or thanks to God and Christ.

We look forward to honoring our founders, who taught us right from wrong and was a inspiration for so many. “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs22:6



Avis Graves

Min. Graves serves as the Director of the University Park Music & Arts Studio, which provides instruction in the fundamentals of music (theory, piano, voice, woodwinds, bass guitar, bass and drums). She is currently developing a team of musicians within the University Park membership to form the churchs first Orchestra Ministry. She coordinated, compiled and prepared the instructional material for the churchs Worship Conference, 'In Spirit and in Truth'. In January 2000, she began her studies as a candidate for the Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and a Masters degree in education with an emphasis in Critical and Creative Thinking from Notre Dame College of Ohio in South Euclid, Ohio. Min. Graves was the founding partner and Director of Prevention Education for the Arts Educational Theatre Company of Cleveland. She coordinated The Chorale Satellite Program, which offers formal instruction in fundamentals of music, piano, voice, organ and drums at three Cleveland area churches.

Michael Elroy

McElroy moved to New York City in May 1990 after earning his BFA in Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University. He made his Broadway debut in The High Rollers Social and Pleasure Club. He has since appeared in numerous productions, both on and off Broadway, and in 2004 was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Big River. He has also been nominated for Drama Desk Awards for Violet and Big River. In 1995, McElroy appeared in the premier performance of John Adams' opera I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky in Berkeley, California. In 1999, McElroy became the founder and director of the Broadway Inspirational Voices, a diverse, non-denominational gospel choir made up of Broadway singers. He currently teaches in the New Studio on Broadway at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

Reggie Pittman

Reggie's love for music began in Cleveland Ohio where, at a young age, he played the trumpet and developed his musical talent. As his love for the performing arts developed Reggie decided to further his knowledge in music. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and his Masters in Music Technology. A professional musician with over 30 years’ experience in the music business. He works in the music fields of performance, recording and producing.

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