Essence of Joy is one of seven faculty conducted choral ensembles in the Penn State School of Music. Organized in November, 1991 by Anthony Leach, the choir performs sacred and secular music from the African/African American choral traditions. Annual campus events include Fall and Spring concerts, ‘A Celebration of African American Music Festival’ and ‘Our Gift in Song.’ The choir involves undergraduate and graduate students from many academic programs at Penn State. The ensemble has performed throughout the eastern, southern and mid-western regions of America. International tours to Poland, Czech Republic, Spain, France, South African, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan have provided wonderful opportunities to collaborate with other choirs and musical organizations around the globe.