MOBILE, Ala. (AP) Gospel singer Roger Breland will head the new performing arts center at the Baptist-affiliated University of Mobile and will help the center develop music for evangelical churches.
Mark Foley, president of the university, said Breland, a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, will expand the department's offerings.
The school will continue to teach a wide range of musical styles, from classical to jazz to opera, but under Breland's leadership there will be a new emphasis on contemporary Christian music, Foley said last week.
''We'll expose students to professionals in both the sacred and secular music industry in the areas of performance, business, production and other roles,'' Breland said.
Breland is the founder of the contemporary Christian group TRUTH, which disbanded last year.
He joined the university in November as special assistant to the president and artist in residence to help win more attention for the school's music program.
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