National Convention
of Gospel Choirs & Choruses

Annual Convention

August 3 - 9 // Detroit, MI

86th Session

Detroit, Michigan - August 3 - 9 // Marriott Renaissance Center

What is the Annual Convention?

Fostering an appreciation for Gospel Music.
Developing the spiritual growth of our membership.

The National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses annual convention is a week-long convention held in a different city each year. The sessions have been held every year since 1933. The week’s events consist of daily classes and workshops, plenary sessions featuring world renowned musical artists and guest speakers, nightly concerts and a host of other activities for anyone who desires to better themselves as a Christian singer, instrumentalist, educator, or leader in the area of Gospel music.

The 86th Session of the annual convention will convene in Detroit, MI from Saturday, August 3rd to Friday, August 9th, 2019.


Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center

One night's deposit is required for each room when making your reservation.

Cutoff: july 20, 2019


400 Renaissance Dr W
Detroit, MI 48243
+1 313-568-8000

More Info

The Detroit Renaissance Center

Standard Room: $129 per night
Plus Taxes: $138.45 per night

*NOTE: The following charges will be held at check-in for incidental room charges:

Payment w/ Credit Card: $25 authorization
Payment w/ Debit Card: $25 authorization/per day. The maximum authorization is $125
Cash Payment: $50.00 per day for 3 days/ maximum $150.00.

If you are holding multiple rooms and will not be needing them, please contact Sharyn Green (203-305-8995) as soon as possible. We are in need of rooms since our block is very limited at this time. If you have any questions, please contact Sharyn Green at 203-305-8995.

72 hours prior to check-in time to prevent a cancellation fee.

Self-Parking: $20 - $26 per night
Valet Parking: $35 per night


Local Attractions
The Fox Theatre, Motown Historical Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, Museum of African American History, GM World, The Henry Ford,  Michigan Science Center, Diamond Jack's River Tours, Detroit Zoo, Riverfront Shops, Eastern Market, Belle Isle Park, Harmonie Park, Campus Martius Park, and many more!

Experience a contemporary urban retreat at Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. Located in the heart of Detroit, our hotel positions you on the famous RiverWalk and steps from the Cobo Center. Get around the city with ease via the People Mover stop, conveniently located in our Renaissance Center. Spanning 70 floors, our hotel rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows with lovely city, river and Canadian views and thoughtful amenities. Enjoy all-day dining in our hotel restaurant or stop by Starbucks® for coffee and lighter fare. Break a sweat in our modern fitness center. Discover 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor venues, including our convention center and three ballrooms. Celebrate with friends in our Wintergarden, relax with complimentary Wi-Fi in our elegant lobby or sip cocktails on our outdoor patio overlooking the Detroit River. We are confident, whether you're here for business or leisure, you will find our superb service, downtown setting and premier amenities create the perfect stay.

Hotel Amenities
Mobility accessible rooms, Beauty shop, Valet dry-cleaning, Laundry on-site, Car Rental, Room service, Virtual Concierge available

Convention Itinerary

2019 Theme and schedule TBA

If you have questions, please call 201-349- 3802.

Fee Schedule

Thank you for your interest in registering for the 86th session of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs & Choruses, Inc. in Detroit, MI. Online registration info and 2019 fee schedules coming soon.

If you have any question please feel free to contact Registration.


Adult Visitor: $185
Music not included.

Youth & Young Adult Visitor (13-26): $125
Music not included.

Child Visitor (5-12): $70
Activities & T-shirt not included

2019 Membership Fees by Registration TypeEarly Bird
Feb 1 - Apr 30 2019
May 1 - Jul 1, 2019
Jul 2 - Jul 15, 2019
August 4-10, 2018
(Alumni & Mass Books
are $40.00 onsite)
General - 27 and older
Non-Singing Participant
Seasoned Saints (65 and older/special code)
Music not Included
Seasoned Saints Mass Choir (65 and older/special code required)
Music Packet Included
Mass Choir
Music Packet Included
Alumni Department
Music Packet Included)
Young Adult
Department (YAD)
No Music Included
Mass & Alumni
Mass & Alumni Music Included
Mass & Alumni Music Included
Mass & YAD
Mass Music Included
Alumni & YAD
Alumni Music Included
YYA Department
Music & T-shirt Included
Pre-teen Department
Preteen Luncheon,
T-shirt, and Outing Included

If you have any questions or need assistance with the online registration process please do not hesitate to contact us.  We look forward to serving your registration needs.

Dr. Shanda C. Crowder, National Registrar,  203-727-1476

Sis. Ingrid N. Parker, National Assistant Registrar,  201-410-2855

Rev. Michael Bowens, Registration Chief of Staff,  313-461-7718


Vendor Opportunities

Reserve your space now! Vendor opportunities are available! Vending space is available for the 86th Annual Convention. The cost is $400 per vendor booth and $125 per electrical drop. A minimum deposit of $200 is required to secure a booth space. Priority of booth location will be assigned on a first, pay-in-full basis. Full payment provides a piped and draped booth (size 10X10) with a 6 foot table, 2 chairs, and a trash can. Please contact Roland Perry at 919-423-3912 or Basil Foster at 704-606-0226 for further details. Online Registration to begin shortly.