Black Celestial Choral Ensemble

December 10, 2015 - 9:00am
The Syracuse Black Celestial Choral Ensemble has fostered a sense of unity in the campus community, impacting its members beyond their musical performances.

To many members of the Syracuse University community, the Black Celestial Choral Ensemble (BCCE) is another musical group. But to 2016 Class Marshal Tatiana Williams and its other members, it's more than just a group that gathers to perform. She views the bond that BCCE members share as something very unique on campus.

"BCCE is my family. We're a choir, but before being a choir, we're a family," Williams said.

June 12, 2011 - 6:07pm
Members of the Black Celestial Choral Ensemble reflect on the bonds they made over the years as they close out their 34th year of performances.

The members of the Black Celestial Choral Ensemble don't see their choir as just another student organization. Even as they prepare for their 35th anniversary next year, they will do it the best way they know how — as a family.

"We say we're a close-knit family and we are," said Byron Canada, the group's director. "You find your closest friend in the choir. You will go through things with people in the choir."