Pathmark Gospel Choir Competition: Harlem Wins

On Sunday, Pathmark invited top gospel choirs to perform on the legendary stage of the World Famous Apollo Theater in celebration of Black History Month. The Pathmark Gospel Choir Competition of Harlem treated local residents and their families to a free, song-filled Sunday, as choirs from across the Northeast went head-to-head with Metro New York’s best for $10,000 in prizes.

The Youth Division choirs kicked off the competition at 11:00 a.m., followed by the Open Division choir competition which ran from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Photo highlights of the competition are posted below. Harlem’s own Mama Foundation won first place and founder Vy Higginsen was presented with a $5,000 check.

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The Elizabeth Seton Gospel Choir, of Bladensburg, MD, was the third place winner of the Youth Division at the Pathmark Gospel Choir Competition of Harlem. (Photo Credit to Thomas Ando Photography)

Three judges for the Youth Division at the Pathmark Gospel Choir Competition of Harlem (left to right): Vy Higginsen, Creator of Gospel for Teens; Judy Mann, Former Lead Singer of the Chiffons; and Sheila Anderson, on air host at WBGO Radio. (Photo Credit to Thomas Ando Photography)

Transcending Praise, from Valley Stream, NY, was the grand prize winner of the Youth Division at the Pathmark Gospel Choir Competition of Harlem. (Photo Credit to Thomas Ando Photography)

Bill Gillispie, Senior Vice President, Merchandising, A&P, and Pathmark Team, along with the grand prize winners of the Open Division competition, the Mama Foundation, from Harlem, NY. (Photo Credit to Thomas Ando Photography)

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