By invitation from U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, speaking on behalf of the U.S. Inaugural Committee, Lee University sent the 200-member group of vocalists to perform Monday morning as part of the Inaugurual ceremonies.
Rowland’s reactions as provided to the Cleveland Daily Banner are as follows:
“I was excited as I scanned the various television networks Monday morning to catch the Lee University Festival Choir performing in Washington, D.C.
“It appears that MSNBC gave the singers more airtime than other networks.
“One localized news report came from Fox News’ Todd Starnes, who featured some of the choir’s performance of the lively rendition of ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo.’
“[He] interviewed Lee University President Dr. Paul Conn and the talented pianist Mary Beth Wickes, who accompanied the choir. The interviews were filmed about two weeks ago on the Lee campus. I was honored to be asked to do a walking interview through part of the campus and talk about Lee University and the impact its music department, both vocal and instrumental, has on this city.
“Several of the commentators on the various networks lauded the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir as well as Lee University Festival Choir for the talent they both exhibited to the international audience.
“It’s been said before and I will say it again: Students from Lee University are the greatest ambassadors a city can have. It’s refreshing to see the Christian faith on stage in our nation’s capitol on such an historic inauguration day.
“Cleveland can be proud of how well we were represented by these talented young men and women.”