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Golden Voices Concert Choir readies for international tour

February 27, 2018

Michael Tullier, APR, Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing
Wayne Barr, Department of Fine and Performing Arts

TU Golden Voices Choir pose at BTW statue
The Golden Voices Choir in front of the Booker T. Washington Monument

Tuskegee University’s Golden Voices Concert Choir will spend the university’s spring break week on an 11-stop tour beginning in Canada and extending into the Great Lakes area of the United States. The tour begins on Sunday, March 3 in Ottawa, Canada, and concludes on Monday, March 12 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

“Performances like this do more than just showcase the talents of our student-musicians,” said Dr. Wayne Barr, who leads the choir as the university’s director of choral activities. “They also allow us to connect with alumni and prospective students as ambassadors of Tuskegee University. We hope our Golden Tigers who reside near the areas where we will perform will join us for these performances.”

The choir’s itinerary includes the following performances (all times are local to their respective events):

  • Mar. 3: Southminster United Church, Ottawa, Ontario; Concert, 7:30 p.m. (admission: $25/person)
  • Mar. 4: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kingston, Ontario; Choral Workshop, 2 p.m. (admission: $10/person); Concert, 7 p.m. (admission: $25/person); combined admission for both events: $30/person
  • Mar. 5: York University, Toronto, Ontario; Choral Workshop, 4 p.m. (admission: free)
  • Mar. 6: All Saints Kingsway Anglican Church, Toronto, Ontario; Concert, 7:30 p.m. (admission: $35/person)
  • Mar. 7: First Saint Andrew’s United Church, London, Ontario; Concert, 7:30 p.m. (admission: $25/person)
  • Mar. 8: Bethel AME Church, Saginaw, Michigan; Concert, 6:30 p.m. (admission: free)
  • Mar. 9: Antioch Baptist Church, Cleveland, Ohio; Concert, 6 p.m. (admission: $10/person)
  • Mar. 10: Shiloh Baptist Church, Columbus, Ohio; Concert, 4 p.m. (admission: free)
  • Mar. 11: Phillips Temple AME, Trotwood, Ohio; Concert, 4 p.m. (admission: free)
  • Mar. 12: Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana; Concert, 12 p.m. (admission: free)
  • Mar. 12: Pike Performing Arts Center, Indianapolis, Indiana; Concert, 6:30 p.m. (admission: free)

Established in 1886 in a response to Booker T. Washington’s call for a group of singers who could lead Vesper services and sing for special campus occasions, the Tuskegee University Golden Voices Concert Choir continues its mission of campus service and ambassadorship through leadership at weekly All-University Worship Services, regular performances at formal university events, and appearances in the community and across the nation. During the past two decades, the choir has performed at the White House at the invitation of President William J. Clinton, with John Legend and Common on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in celebration of the release of the movie Selma, and at venues such as Lincoln Center — the latter to commemorate the  40th anniversary of the choir’s 1972 performance there as the first all-black choir to do so.

Since 2001, the choir has been under the direction of Dr. Wayne A. Barr, director of choral activities and assistant chair of Tuskegee’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts. It features more than 30 performers spanning all academic classifications, majors and geographic areas of the country.

For more information about Tuskegee University’s Golden Voices Choir, visit

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