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Jubilation Gala Helps Students

By February 13, 2014 No Comments


Celebrated choir Rev. Stef and Jubilation has awarded more than $14,000 to New Jersey college students through the Jubilation Education Scholarship.Established in 2005, the scholarship honors worthy performing arts majors from New Jersey. In April, the choir will hold its Fifteenth Anniversary Gala Celebration and continue its scholarship tradition.
Initially started to honor the spirit of Gwen Nelson Fleming, a former Jubilation member, the scholarship is a way to commemorate all choir members who have transitioned. A portion of the proceeds from the Anniversary Celebration will be used to fund the Jubilation Education Scholarship.

The choir’s founder and artistic director Rev. Dr. Stefanie Minatee, affectionately known as Rev. Stef, is a retired music educator. Having served in the Plainfield Public School System for 29 years, Rev. Stef said the education scholarship is important to the cultural and artistic development of students.

“This scholarship is so important to our youth,” said MInatee, who founded the choir, Jubilation, more than 15 years ago. “There are so many creative minds and talented students who need our support. This is one of the many ways Jubilation gives back to the community and supports young people.”

The choir hopes to award talented New Jersey students majoring in the performing arts in 2015. Visit for more information about the Jubilation Education Scholarship.

The choir’s Fifteenth Annual Anniversary Celebration will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014 at Mayfair Farms in West Orange, N.J.

The talented Valerie Adams and Dimension will provide musical entertainment for the Gala.

Individual tickets cost $75. Tables seat 10 people and can be purchased for $750. For special corporate rates, please contact Gala Chairperson Wanda Dixon at 973.901.1114. To purchase tickets online visit

About Rev. Stef and Jubilation 

The Grammy Award winning choir Rev. Stef and Jubilation is recognized around the globe for its signature sound and impeccable style. Their repertoire includes all genres and specializes in Black American sacred music with an emphasis on gospel.

The choir enjoys several national and international accolades, including the last choir to record with the incomparable Ray Charles. It also enjoyed tours in Japan and Russia. The choir received a 2010 Grammy Award for the compilation CD “O Happy Day” with Queen Latifah. Since then, Rev. Stef and Jubilation consistently minister to the masses.

Whether behind the pulpit or in and around communities, Rev. Dr. Stefanie Minatee and her choir embody the phrase coined by her mentor and gospel music pioneer, the Rev. Lawrence Roberts: “Gospel music should never be used to entertain, but to enlighten. It is the good news of Jesus Christ for bad times.”

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