Fine & Performing Arts Faculty & Staff

Warren L. Duncan, Chair, MVA, Head of Fine & Performing Arts

Email: duncan@mytu.tuskegee.edu
Office: Chambliss Bldg
Phone: 334-727-8325
Mr. Duncan is a graduate of Florida A&M University where he earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education in 1971. He received his Master of Education degree from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. Mr. Duncan has been at Tuskegee since 1972, and served as Director of Bands from 1976 to 2015. Mr. Duncan has been a faithful member of several fraternal and music oriented organizations including Kappa Kappa Psi, Alpha Phi Alpha and Alpha Phi Omega. Under his direction, the band has won several awards and recognitions for their excellence in performance, timing and presentation.

He was the recipient of Florida A&M University’s 2003 Alumni Meritorious Achievement award, Band Director of the Year award from the Birmingham Grid Forecasters, and the Tuskegee University Marching Band has participated in seven out of the ten Honda Battle of The Bands Showcases in Atlanta, GA. He has also been a guest conductor and adjudicator throughout the Southeast and Atlantic coast areas.

Duncan holds memberships in the College Band Directors National Association; the HBCU National Band Directors Consortium (currently serving as vice-president); the International Association of Jazz Educators; the Alabama Bandmasters Association; the National Band Association; Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority; Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity & former District Governor for the Southeast District; Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. 

Dr. Wayne Anthony Barr, Director, Choral Activities

Email: wabarr@mytu.tuskegee.edu
Office: Chapel
Phone: 334-727-8194
Dr. Barr earned degrees in church music and choral conducting from Westminster Choir College (B.M.), Southern Methodist University (M.M., M.S.M.), and The University of Michigan (D.M.A.). He has served as organist and choir director at churches in Alabama, Michigan, New Jersey and Texas.

Under Dr. Barr’s direction, the Tuskegee Choir has toured the Midwestern and East Coast regions of the United States, and the San Francisco Bay Area. The Choir has also presented numerous concerts throughout the Southeast. 

As an organ recitalist, Dr. Barr has twice been a featured organist at the Colour of Music Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. He is also a music workshop clinician.  Dr. Barr is co-director of the Italian Opera Study Abroad Program, which offers students of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) a four-week study of Italian opera with a renowned coach in Italy. .

Dr. Barr is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association of Negro Musicians, and the American Guild of Organists. He is also actively involved in the Tuskegee community through the Optimist Club, an organization that supports children and youth, and through the Tuskegee Repertory Theatre.

E. Bruce Phillips Jr.

Mr. E. Bruce Phillips, Jr.

Email: ephillips@mytu.tuskegee.edu
Office: Kenney Hall 70-312
Phone: 334-727-8913
E. Bruce Phillips, Jr., realized his passion for art very early. Mr. Phillips received a BA in Marketing from Morehouse College in Atlanta GA, a Masters in Fine Art in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, GA, and benefited from travel and art studies in Italy and France. His most current works showcase his fascination of architecture and spatial relationships and build on his use of color and texture to create abstract works of great visual height, depth and dimension.

Bruce has had solo exhibitions at The Legacy Museum, Tuskegee AL; Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery, AL; Hammonds House Gallery and The Odd Fellows Building on Sweet Auburn in Atlanta, GA; and The Beech Institute, The City of Savannah Gallery and SCAD in Savannah, GA. His latest exhibition was in February 2015 at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL. 

Phillips has been an Assistant Art Professor at Tuskegee University since 2009 where he continues to expose students to the history, beauty and centrality of art in our lives. 

Mrs. Deidre Yates Duncan

Email: deltadei@mytu.tuskegee.edu
Office: Russell Nursery Bldg
Phone: 334-724-4956
Deidre Yates Duncan is an adjunct art professor at Tuskegee University. Her specialty is floral design. She also has expertise in ceramic art, leather crafts and salt art. She is the primary instructor of the Arts and Crafts courses. Mrs. Duncan is a proud two-time alumnus of Tuskegee University. She specializes in elementary and special education. In the 1970s and 1980s, Mrs. Duncan served in several capacities within the Macon County School system. 

Between 1980 and 1982, she was also employed by Tuskegee Institute with the Carver Research Foundation, the Human Resources Foundation and the Rural Alabama Youth Advocacy Project. In 1999, she took her current position of Adjunct Professor of Art with Tuskegee University. In October, 2001she was honored by the East Alabama Area Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities Educator of the Year Award.

Among many distinguished organizations, Mrs. Duncan holds membership in the following: the Alabama Education Association, The National Education Association, Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, and the Alabama Association for Children with Learning Disabilities.

Mr. John Q. Lennard, Director of Bands

Email: jlennard@mytu.tuskegee.edu
Office: Chambliss Bldg
Phone: 334-727-8325
John Q. Lennard, a native of Tuskegee Institute, Alabama presently serves as Director of Bands at Tuskegee University. He received his primary and secondary education in the Macon County Public schools. He is a proud graduate of Booker T. Washington High School. John sought his college education at The Florida A. &M. University in Tallahassee, Florida where he earned a B.S.Degree in music education. Lennard is a charter member of the FAMU Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Professional Music Fraternity of America. John Lennard is also a member of the Zeta Phi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity at Tuskegee University. 

After college John served as a high school band director in Homestead, Miami, and Orlando, Florida and Tuskegee, Alabama. He also taught elementary music at the Rio Grande Charter School in Orlando, Florida. 

He has performed music across the world in places such as Switzerland, France, Belgium, England, the Netherlands, Jamaica, and the Bahamas. Lennard has also had the distinctive opportunity to perform with or open for great musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, The Ohio Players, Victor Goines, Nat Adderly, Jimmy Heath and the Heath Brothers, The Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Frank Foster, Brian McKnight, Donnell Jones, Ruben Studdard, The Phat Cat Players, Dr. Dorinda Clark-Cole, Kurt Carr, P.J. Morton, Marvin Sapp, Beverly Crawford, Richard Smallwood, and Byron Cage.

Dr. Ronald McDowellDr. Ronald S. McDowell

Email: rmcdowell@mytu.tuskegee.edu
Office: Chambliss Bldg
Phone: 334-727-8325
Dr. McDowell is an acclaimed artist with more than 30 years experience involving public art projects including large scale murals, commemorative statues and coins as well as private collector artwork such as heirloom portraits for a wide range of clients including famous celebrities such as First Lady Michelle Obama, Nelson Mandella, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Diana Ross, and Lionel Richie. McDowell has produced more than 2,000 original works.

McDowell serves as a Lyceum Series professor at Tuskegee University. Specializing in portraits, McDowell taught himself to draw at a very young age because he admired the abilities of his older brothers and wanted to be like them. As his talents grew, he attracted the attention of Motown celebrities and eventually became Michael Jackson’s art teacher. His career eventually moved him to the Tuskegee area, where he fell in love with the community’s rich history and notable achievers.