The Voices N Harmony choir includes Goshen College students, faculty, staff and community members of diverse ages and cultural backgrounds who sing to proclaim the power of God’s love. Voices-n-Harmony is an associate choir of the Goshen College Music Department. It is coordinated by DaVonne Kramer, Coordinator or Retention and Intercultural Student. It is directed by Lwan Easton with the help of Darius Garner.
Lwan Easton, Director
Singer, songwriter, musician and artist are just a few words to describe Lwan Easton. Hailing from the city of South Bend (Ind.), Lwan comes from a very unique and diverse background of music and arts. He grew up in the church choir singing and participating in all the youth groups. At the early age of 8 years old, he became intensely interested in learning how to play the piano. By the time he was 14 years old, he began producing and composing music and knew he had found his passion and calling in life. It was then he took the reigns of his youth choir and became one of the directors.
Lwan began to expand his passion by taking on various projects and jobs around the community as a music director. Over the course of the last ten years, he’s been a Music Director/Musician for numerous churches and college choirs including The University of Notre Dame VOF, Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Faith Apostolic Ministries, Granger Community Church, Bethel College, and Abundant Faith Ministries. In 2008, Lwan started a touring band, Pure Star Movement, and traveled all across the county singing in front of thousands of people. He’s currently the co-owner and COO of PSboys Music LLC, a music branding, production, and development company in South Bend.
Director, performer, and educator are just a few of the hats that Darius wears. Born and raised in South Bend, Indiana, Darius comes from a family where music was indeed foundation. His grandfather is a music educator and made sure the entire family was involved in music in one aspect or another. Because of this, Darius began piano lessons at the age of five. He showed a passion for the instrument sometimes, falling asleep at the piano. At the age of seven, Darius showed a new passion of directing and teaching choirs. He became the youth choir director at Faith Baptist at seven, and then the adult choir at the age of 13. Throughout his years of directing, Darius has developed a unique way of directing and teaching. Some of the choirs and groups he has worked with include; Faith Baptist Youth and Adult Choir, Notre Dame Voices of Faith Gospel Choir, Alcorn State University Interfaith Gospel Choir, Alcorn State University Gospel Choir, Alcorn State University Men’s Chorale, and the entire Mt. Carmel Music Ministry.
Darius not only has a passion for teaching but also a huge passion of performing. While studying music education at Alcorn State University, he had the opportunity to be a part of a group that sung for President Bush’s second inauguration. Soon after that he was presented with an amazing opportunity to do a concert at Carnegie Hall. He was also part of the Natchez Opera Festival, performing Porgy and Bess and Treemonisha. Darius is also had the opportunity to record with Divine Favor, a gospel recording group in the South Bend area. More recently Darius helped develop concert series and workshop called Unity Through The Arts. It was developed to help break down race barriers through music. Music and Darius were made for each other, and the marriage has been successful.