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Aletra Chaney-Profit, Dirk Chaney Memorial Workshop conductor, leads the choir during the 2018 music workshop.

Dirk Chaney made a name for himself in the world of Gospel.

The Wichita native, who led a music ministry in Atlanta, was known internationally for his musical artistry in directing, arranging, teaching and his high energy. His talents led him to a role in the 1996 Whitney Houston movie “The Preacher’s Wife,” and he worked with some of Gospel’s biggest stars including the late James Moore, Dorothy Norwood, the Georgia Mass Choir, Kirk Franklin, Pastor Hezekiah Walker and many others. He also established his own choir, Dirk Chaney & the Chosen Aggregation, which recorded two albums.

Since his death at age 33 in 2002, his family has kept his legacy alive through the Dirk Chaney Memorial Workshop, a Gospel music seminar that focuses on musical excellence and church etiquette.

It’s a continuation of the workshop Chaney started in 1989 at Wichita’s St. Andrews Baptist Church to expose his choir to trends that were happening in other parts of the country.

The 30th annual Dirk Chaney Memorial Workshop, conducted by his sister Aletra Chaney-Profit, runs Dec. 26-28 at 7 p.m. each night and concludes with a concert at 5 p.m. Dec. 29 at St. Andrews Missionary Baptist Church, 3901 E 25th St. N., Wichita.

Anyone who loves Gospel Music is invited to participate in the workshop and the public is invited to enjoy the workshop concert.

The Workshop is a partnership between the Chaney Legacy Foundation and St. Andrews Church.

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