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"Golden Voices" Concert Choir

Director: Dr. Wayne A. Barr  |   Phone: 334-727-8394  |  Fax: 334-724-4655

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The Tuskegee University "Golden Voices" Concert Choir (GVCC) was founded in 1886 by Booker T. Washington to lead vesper services and other campus events. In addition to weekly chapel services, it now serves as an ambassadorial organization to promote the rich heritage and legacy of Tuskegee University through choral music. The GVCC gained notariety with invitations to sing at notable venues such as Radio City Music Hall, The White House, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Constitution Hall, and it has made radio and television appearances on ABC, CBS and NBC. The GVCC was invited to sing with Grammy Award Winning singer/songwriter John Legend and Common in celebration of the release of the movie Selma. The much sought-after Choir continues its performance tours throughout the country. The Choir is under the direction of Dr. Wayne Anthony Barr and accompanied by Dr. Yi Chang.  If you would like to sponsor the "Golden Voices" Concert Choir at your venue, please submit a Request the Choir form. If you are alumni of the choir, please follow us on Facebook, or let us hear from you. Send us your Alumni Contact Information so that we can keep you updated on choir activities.



Become a member of the "Golden Voices" Concert Choir 

The choir is open to all Tuskegee University students,
regardless of their major. An audition is required for those
who wish to become a member of the choir. 

Please contact Dr. Wayne Barr for an audition time
(Email:  or  Phone: 334-727-8394).

Prepare a song of your choice with a track, or a capella.



Golden Voices Choir in choir loft at TU Chapel


William L. Dawson





Legendary composer, conductor and musician William Levi Dawson organized the School of Music at Tuskegee in 1931. Dawson's legacy lives on through the Tuskegee University "Golden Voices" Choir which he begun and directed nearly a century ago. Under his conductorship from 1931 to 1955, the Tuskegee choir of one hundred voices gained international fame.   

    Read Dawson's Tribute




Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Musician

Do You love to sing?
Do you love music?

Do you play an instrument?

Or maybe you were in the choir at your high school or church. 

The bottom line is---if you enjoy music, then you should
come and join the "Golden Voices" Concert Choir
and share your talent with others!! 




a portion of the Golden Voices Choir





"Golden Voices" Choir Releases CD

To celebrate the University's 125th Anniversary,
the Choir, under the direction of Dr. Wayne A. Barr, 
released a CD entitled "Ev'ry Time I feel the Spirit".





The Tuskegee Song

In honor of Tuskegee University's 25th Anniversary in 1906,
Paul Laurence Dunbar was asked by Founder, Booker T. Washington,
to write a poem capturing the Tuskegee spirit.
The present tune was composed by Tuskegee Band Director
from 1906-1913, Nathaniel Clark Smith. 

View The Tuskegee Song



Dr. Barr directing the choir



Tuskegee University
Golden Voices Concert Choir

Dr. Wayne A. Barr, Director
Tuskegee University Chapel
1200 W. Montgomery Rd.
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Phone: 334-727-8394
Fax: 334-724-4655


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