Black Voices of Inspiration (BVOI)
Established in 1975, Black Voices of Inspiration is an exceptional choir dedicated to the performance of spirituals, gospels and contemporary songs of inspiration by African American composers.
The choir is diverse with a roster ranging from freshmen to graduate students representing various academic disciplines at Purdue University. By reinforcing a positive sense of cultural identity and self-worth, the choir provides an outlet for spiritual, creative, and educational fulfillment for its members. Twana A. Harris, Ph.D., directs BVOI. Harris is a music educator, composer, musician and vocalist from Indianapolis.
Since its inception, BVOI has become one of the most widely respected vocal performance groups in the area. The choir has won several awards of excellence and toured extensively throughout Indiana, visiting other university campuses, metropolitan churches, civic organizations and elementary schools. BVOI serves as goodwill ambassadors for Purdue at many university and community events.
The group has commissioned new vocal music arrangements from prominent composers/arrangers like Kirby Shaw, as well as performed for South African Prince Cedza Dlamini, and rising gospel artists like Kierra Sheard and Terrell Hunt. The rich and powerful sound of BVOI, along with their rousing musical interpretations leave audiences captivated, stimulated, motivated, and inspired.
Artist in residence, Twana Harris.