Meet the Staff
Twana A. Harris, Ph.D.
Artist-In-Residence, Black Voices of Inspiration
A native of Indianapolis, Twana Harris became the artist-in-residence for the Black Voices of Inspiration at Purdue in 2004. Harris received her bachelor’s degree in music education with emphasis in vocal performance from Lincoln University, a master’s degree in divinity and doctorate of ministry from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. Harris also contributed to the seminary community as a director of the CTS Gospel Choir and professor of preaching.
Harris has been a music educator all of her life, having served as choral director in both her church and community since the age of 10. Her professional teaching career began in Missouri in 1999. She returned to Indianapolis in 2001 to become director of choirs and general music education at Arlington High School. Under her direction, the group commissioned new vocal music arrangements for 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.
As a composer, Harris has a growing catalogue of music from plays and musical productions. She founded Vision Ministries, a creative arts group consisting of dancers, singers, actors and musicians that create faith based artistic productions. This passion for musical composition and writing has widened BVOI’s focus to include elements of musical theater along with their specialization in vocal performance. Her students also receive opportunities to create and present original works that are performed by the ensemble.