Golden Voices Choir Release First Album in More Than 25 Years 

The Golden Voices Choir released their new album in March to commemorate the University's 125th year.

Dr. Wayne A. Barr directs students during a recording session for 'Ev'ry Time I Feel The Spirit.'

Freshman alto Cesly Burgess of Miami takes a moment of enjoyment before recording begins for the choir's new album.

Members of the Golden Voices Choir sing during the recording of their new album 'Ev'ry Time I Feel The Spirit.

Dr. Wayne A. Barr, director of the University's Golden Voice Choir, conducts members just before they begin recording.

Tuskegee, Ala. — (April 6, 2006) — In conjunction with the school’s celebration of its 125th year, the Tuskegee University Golden Voices Choir released their first album Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit in more than 25 years.                     

“We thought it was a good idea to mark the occasion with an album recording,” said Dr. Wayne A. Barr, director of choral activities for Tuskegee University.

The Golden Voices Choir is steeped in more than a century of pride and the richest of choral traditions.  Since its inception in 1886, the Tuskegee University choir has served as an artistic model while carving its place in American history.  Under the leadership of renowned composer and educator William Levi Dawson, the choir rose to international prominence during the 1930s to 1970.

“The work we did was for the choir which is a legacy here at Tuskegee, so it was worth our time and effort,” said Afra Williams, a junior from West Palm Beach, Fla.; speaking about recording the album. 

“I hope to have the choir gain a more high-profile image locally and nationally, as well as the University.  Hopefully it will also serve as a means of not only recruiting students, but getting alumni back and other supporters that have lost contact with the University.  This maybe a way to bring them back in,” said Dr. Barr.

Under the direction of Dr. Barr, the choir continues its mission of campus service during University events and appearances throughout the nation.  The release of this album shows that “the pride of the swift-growing south” remains strong, Dr. Barr said.

“I felt honored but at the same time it was a little unnerving,” said Euphrates Anderson, a graduating senior from Miami.  “People who sang with Dawson, who’s known all over world for his work with the Tuskegee University Golden Voices Choir, are going to be listening to a CD that we recorded, and we’re hoping we can meet their expectations.”

“A lot of people like to hear African-American students sing spirituals and things of that nature,” said Ashley Pellerin, a junior from Houston.  “It shows we can sing more than R&B, rap and gospel.  A lot of parents want their kids to see that this is where those other genres stem from, and it is beautiful.”

Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit can be purchased at Felder’s Gift and Variety shop in Tuskegee, the Kellogg Hotel Conference Center gift shop, the University Bookstore, and Eleanor’s gift shop off of Interstate 85.  The order form can also be downloaded by clicking here.