MEET UZEE BROWN, JR.
Uzee Brown, Jr., a native of Cowpens, South Carolina, is chair of the Department of Music at Morehouse College. For twelve years he was director of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir and served as chair of the Department of Music at Clark Atlanta University for two years. Having enjoyed a very diverse career in music, the combination of his professional activities as singer/performer, composer/arranger, educator and choir director has taken him to more than twenty countries, including Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Poland, Russia, Luxembourg, Spain, six countries of Africa and the Caribbean. When he was Director of the Ebenezer Choir, he led the choir in concert tours of Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy.
"Perfection is that which we aspire to attain; excellence is the best that we can achieve each day.” — Uzee Brown, Jr.
Dr. Brown holds degrees from Morehouse College, Bowling Green State University and the University of Michigan. Among accolades from his students for dedication to the profession of teaching since 1973, he was voted Vulcan Teacher of the Year at Morehouse College in 2011. He is past president of the National Association of Negro Musicians. During his presidency he spearheaded the completion of the research and ultimate publication of the official Documentary History of the National Association of Negro Musicians (founded in 1919) by the Center for Black Music Research in Chicago. Additionally, he successfully completed a NANM Endowed Scholarship Fund for competitive, aspiring young African American performers. Included among his many performances in opera and oratorio are world premier roles of Parson Alltalk in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s premier of Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha and performances of the Afro-American Suite with the Atlanta Brass Quintet. Among his operatic performances are several productions of Porgy and Bess with the Atlanta Opera. In 2005 he performed Frazier, the Lawyer in a Nashville Symphony production from Gershwin’s originally edited score, that was recorded by Decca records and released in November, 2006. In 2008 he performed the role in France, Spain and Luxembourg. Dr. Brown is a respected educator and lecturer on African American Music. He studied composition with T. J. Anderson, African American folk music with Wendell P. Whalum, and African American Art Song with Willis Patterson. For thirty five years a major focus of his work has been African American music. His CD, Great Day, is a compilation of Brown’s solo spiritual arrangements. It includes some rare and seldom heard spiritual melodies and solo spirituals of which there are no known previous arrangements. A recipient of numerous awards, his composition commissions include works for the National Public Radio and the Atlanta Symphony orchestra, including an orchestral setting with chorus of We Shall Overcome for the celebration of the 70th birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., and commissions for colleges, universities, soloists and ensembles. His works have been performed internationally, and at the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Other commissions include choral and instrumental works for centennial, sesquicentennial and new music festivals. In 2011 the Morehouse College Glee Club premiered a choral and chamber orchestra work which Brown was commissioned tocompose for the Glee Club’s 100th anniversary celebration.