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R. Wayne Woodson, Founding Artistic Director
R. Wayne Woodson received his undergraduate education at the prestigious Morehouse
College in Atlanta, GA. It was here that he began his formal music training, which
culminated in a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (Voice Performance and Choral
Conducting). He has done graduate study in voice performance at New England
Conservatory and graduate study in choral conducting at the University of South Florida. He
is currently pursuing the Masters of Music degree in choral conducting at Georgia State
University. His voice teachers have included Mel Foster, Uzee Brown, Jr., Elisabeth Colson,
Helen Hodam, and Mark Schnaible. He has studied conducting with David Morrow, Richard
Zielinski, Robert Summer, and Jeffery Wall.
Before beginning his solo performance career, he performed as member of the Morehouse
College Glee Club. It was with this group that he toured Russia, Poland, and Bermuda. During
these tours, he performed with the group and also as a solo artist. The Glee Club also
afforded him the chance to perform in choruses under the baton Robert Shaw with the
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the Morehouse College Glee Club, Mr. Woodson
was a member of the Atlanta Opera Chorus in the 2001-2202 and the 2002-2003 seasons.
Currently, Mr. Woodson serves as the Founding Artistic Director of the Voices of Atlanta. The
chorus has four key music focus areas: works by minority composers, women composers,
living composers, and emerging composers. These areas also weigh heavily on his repertoire
choices as guest conductor with numerous other ensembles.
Mr. Woodson was recently appointed as one of the conductors for the East Lake Singers in
In addition to being and active conductor, lecturer and clinician, Mr. Woodson has
maintained a substantial singing career as a concert baritone. He has performed programs
in Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee and Virginia. In the summer of
2002, he performed in Austria as a member of the American Institute of Musical Studies in
Graz. He has also been featured in a series of African-American music recitals during the
Amelia Island Chamber Music festival.