Tuskegee University Golden Voices to kick off spring tour at Lincoln Center
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (February 28, 2012) — The Tuskegee University Golden Voices Concert Choir, under the direction of Wayne A. Barr, will begin a nine-city tour with a performance at New York City’s famous Lincoln Center. The choir will perform in the center’s Avery Fisher Hall on March 4 before embarking on a schedule that includes stops in Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. The tour will conclude with a performance at Nichols Chapel AME Church in Phenix City, Ala. on March 17. For a complete listing of the tour schedule and more information, click here.
The choir has been a significant part of the university since its inception. Tuskegee’s founder, Booker T. Washington, encouraged his students to express themselves through Negro spirituals, and these songs were often sung during weekly chapel service. Later, a group of Tuskegee singers was formed in 1884. Under the direction of renowned composer and educator William Levi Dawson, the Tuskegee Choir rose to international prominence with appearances at Radio City Music Hall in New York and the White House (1932), Constitution Hall (1946), and a host of popular television shows. The choir has also performed at the request of national leaders, such as President John F. Kennedy and President William Jefferson Clinton.
Today, the choir continues to perform in packed venues across the nation and the university’s chapel.