The Willis C. Patterson Our Own Thing Chorale (OOTC) has a 50+ year history of serving southeast Michigan and beyond through its volunteer youth Instructional Program, founded in 1969 and led by LaTonya Woods, and its community Chorale, founded in 1971 directed by Darnell Ishmel.
Paul was born on 6 September 1942 and passed away 9 August 2021 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at the age of 78.
Paul joined OOTC in 1987 and sang in the baritone section for over 30 yrs. He always arrived early and was the last one to leave staying to help straighten up and making sure that lights were turned-off. We will miss his sense of humor, strong and reliable voice, and careful attention to both the music and dialect.
To honor Paul and at his request, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a variety of non-profits including Our Own Thing Chorale. We are honored to be one of Paul's designated organizations.
Paul loved African American Spirituals and music in general. He created a long list of sacred choral pieces and hymns that he wanted us to listen to as we celebrate his life including pieces that he performed with the Chorale. Click below to hear an Our Own Thing Chorale performance of Give Me Jesus arranged by Charles Lloyd
The Willis C.Patterson Our Own Thing Chorale (OOTC) is committed to the preservation and performance of traditional African American spirituals as well as contemporary choral compositions written and/or arranged by African American composers and musicians. The Chorale also works to raise funds for the Our Own Thing Instructional Program.
The Willis C. Patterson Our Own Thing Instructional Program provides free instruction in the arts, both vocal and instrumental, use of musical instruments, and scholarships to area youngsters who would otherwise be unable to afford the opportunity to study music.
Willis C. Patterson Our Own Thing Chorale in collaboration with First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor present:
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