DR. WAYNE A. BARR is Director of Choral Activities at Tuskegee University, a position he has held since 2001. He 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 Mr. Barr’s direction, the Tuskegee Choir has toured the Midwestern and East Coast regions of the United States, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Ontario, Canada. The Choir has also presented numerous concerts throughout the Southeast.
Mr. Barr is a music workshop clinician, and he is frequently called upon to adjudicate local public school choirs. From 2009 to 2015, Mr. Barr was 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. As a regional conductor for the 105 Voices of History, a choir made up of student representatives of the 105 HBCUs as defined by the White House Initiative, he has prepared students and served as organ accompanist for the 2008 and 2009 Kennedy Center performances of the 105 Choir. He served as a national conductor for the 2010 Kenndy Center performance. In February 2015, Barr presented concerts with a Bolibian choir and American soloists in La Paz and Cochabamba, Bolivia, under the auspices of the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia.
As an organ recitalist, Mr. Barr was twice featured as the Color of Music Festival in Charleston, South Carolina.