By Rachel Chiang | Journalist
BRH Choir, officially the Baylor Religious Hour Choir, is one of the oldest student-run organizations at Baylor, founded in 1948 by Dick Baker. The organization is an audition-based group that consists of approximately 50 students. They rehearse twice a week in the Paul W. Powell Chapel inside the George W. Truett Theological Seminary and sing worship songs, spirituals, and other Christian-themed music.
“We also go to local churches in the Waco area and do their Sunday morning worship for them,” said Amarillo Jr. and BRH President Abbie Terrell. “It’s a great way to engage with other believers and encourage the church. Often members of the Waco community can feel disconnected from Baylor, so this is a good way to break through those boundaries.
BRH Choir has performed at Waco’s First Baptist Church, Church Under the Bridge, and Christmas the 5th, among other performances on campus and in the Waco community. Additionally, BRH Choir makes mission trips to serve communities in other parts of the country and even abroad.
Because BRH Choir is an audition-based organization, Terrell said they strive to recruit students who love to sing and have a heart for worship.
Nathan Truong, a freshman at Arlington, said the audition process was very chill and they livened up the experience by encouraging students to wear pajamas and asking silly questions while getting to know them. and to know their relationship with the Lord.
“BRH truly has the most unique people on campus,” Truong said. “Everyone is so dedicated to the Lord, yet we all share an interest in singing, but we’re all different majors.”
Truong said they all unite under the Lord and their love of singing, and the BRH Choir has truly been the best community he has found here at Baylor.
“We try to get involved in campus life at Baylor, but we also try to reach beyond it,” Terrell said. “And through it all, we just try to focus our hearts on the Lord and live and worship together.”
Terrell said she encourages students to attend their Dessert Theater at 7 p.m. on March 18 in the Great Hall of Truett Seminary — a performance to help raise funds for future mission trips.