The purpose of the Uzee Brown Jr. Music Endowment Fund is to establish a reliable and annually consistent fund for the support of cultural activities such as workshops, concerts, recitals, symposia, master classes, and mini-residencies by guest artists and practicing professionals in the field.
Uzee Brown, Jr. (1950), a native of Cowpens, S.C., is Former Chair of the Division of Creative and Performing Arts at Morehouse College and editor of the Morehouse College Choral Series at GIA Publications in Chicago, Illinois. He formerly served as Chair of Music at Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University, and director of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir in Atlanta, GA. His diverse career as educator, singer/performer, composer/arranger, and choir director has taken him to more than twenty-six countries, including Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Poland, Russia, Luxembourg, Spain, South America and the Caribbean, along with seven countries in Africa that include South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Uganda, Senegal and Algeria. Dr. Brown holds a BA degree from Morehouse College, a Masters degree in Composition from Bowling Green State University, and master and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan. In 2011 he was voted Vulcan Teacher of the Year at Morehouse College and is past president of the National Association of Negro Musicians (founded 1919). He currently serves as a past member of the Faculty Council and as an evaluation team chair on accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Music. Among his many performances are world premier performances in the role of Parson Alltalk in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s world premier of Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha, the leading role in Emory University’s King Solomon with music by celebrated composer James Oliverio, and Mr. Letterlaw in the world premier of Zabette. He has appeared in numerous national and international performances of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Brown is co-founder of Onxy Opera Atlanta, 1988 and founder and director of the Uzee Brown Society of Choraliers (2009), a choral ensemble comprised of some of the most gifted singers in metropolitan Atlanta, with its 5th CD recording completed in 2019.
Uzee Brown has written music for two of Spike Lee’s movies, School Daze and Red Hook Summer. Additionally, he has written works for National Public Radio and the Atlanta Symphony, including an orchestral setting for chorus of We Shall Overcome for the celebration of the 70th birthday of M.L. King, Jr. Dr. Brown’s commissions include works for colleges, universities, soloists and ensembles, along with commissioned works for the inauguration of four (4) Morehouse College presidents. His compositions and arrangements have been performed internationally in cathedrals and concert halls on four continents, including important music centers in the U.S, such as the Lincoln Center in Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls, the National Cathedral, Severance Hall, the Christ Church Cathedral and Carnegie Hall. Brown is currently a member of the historic Friendship Baptist Church where he is a consultant and a music staff associate. Dr. Brown is a member of Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Professional Music Fraternity, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the Metropolitan Atlanta Musicians Association. He serves on the boards of The Georgia State University Harrower Opera Workshop, and the Atlanta Music Club/Pro Mozart Society.
The purpose of the Uzee Brown Jr. Music Endowment Fund is to establish a reliable and annually consistent fund for the support of cultural activities such as workshops, concerts, recitals, symposia, master classes and mini-residencies by guest artists and practicing professionals in the field.