Lyceum Series to celebrate William Dawson’s work


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (March 28, 2014) — The Tuskegee University Lyceum Series will pay homage to the university’s musical legacy with two events on April 5. The 2014 Dawson Lecture and 23nd Annual William L. Dawson Institute for Classical and Folk Music Concert, will honor the life of university choir director, William L. Dawson. William Levi Dawson was a world-renowned composer, arranger and musical genius. Dawson was a legendary conductor who took the Tuskegee choir to famed heights (1931-1955).

Dawson Lecture 

Nan Poole Spicer will present the Dawson Lecture in John A. Kenney Hall Auditorium on Saturday, April 5 at 1 p.m. Her lecture is entitled, “Dawson’s Pedagogy and Praxis: What’s In It For Us Today??” Spicer is a native of the City of Tuskegee. She retired in 2012 as a tenured assistant professor of music at Savannah State University, part of the State of Georgia University System. She attended Florida A & M University. Spicer received the Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) in piano performance at Alabama State University, a Master of Music in choral conducting from Auburn University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in sacred music choral conducting from the American Conservatory of Music, where her dissertation title was, “On the Choral Pedagogy and Praxis of William Levi Dawson.” 

Among the several positions she has held is accompanist for the Tuskegee University Golden Voices Concert Choir from 1990 to 1995. As a composer and author, Spicer has had the honor of being mentored in songwriting by the legendary Ray Charles. In 2008, she was invited to write a chapter on gospel music for a music appreciation textbook, “Perspectives On Music,” published by Pearson. She continues to provide lectures and demonstrations nationwide in the area of choral music.

The Dawson Concert

The Tuskegee University's Golden Voices Concert Choir will host the 23nd Annual William L. Dawson Institute for Classical and Folk Music Concert, scheduled for April 5 at 7 p.m. in Logan Hall. Several selections will be Dawson arrangements of Negro spirituals such as “Ain’-A That Good News!” and “Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit”. But, there will also be pieces from Felix Mendelssohn and Johannes Brahms.

This year's concert will feature: Alabama State University, directed by Joel C. Jones; Claflin University Concert Choir, directed by Isaiah McGee; and Stillman College Concert Choir, directed by Bruce-Alvin Thompson. Selections also will be performed by the Golden Voices; directed by Wayne Anthony Barr; the Tuskegee University Alumni Concert Choir, directed by Kim Jones; and the university's Concert Band, conducted by Warren Duncan. 

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