Kevin Turner, DD
Kevin Turner is a native of Peoria, Illinois and a 25-year veteran of American Gospel Music, working with some of the finest choirs, artists and institutions of music in the U.S.A. Turner serves as Instructor of Music at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Music and is the founding Director of the UAB Gospel Choir. Turner has served as director of Early Morning Worship & Director of the Progressive Choir at the 5000-member Sixth Avenue Baptist Church. Most recently he has assisted with education & pulpit duties at First Baptist Church – Kingston and as Interim Music Director for the historic 16th Street Baptist Church. He has worked for Bishop Noel Jones and numerous churches within the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. He is a sought after gospel music workshop clinician & speaker, a gifted vocalist and known for his veteran ability at the Hammond Organ.
Turner serves as faculty advisor for the Kappa Chi Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women. He is a Sinfonian and an alumni member of the Pi Theta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha. He holds “Outstanding Faculty Awards” from the Delta Theta Chapter of the Gamma Sigma Alpha National Greek Academic Honor Society and the Stillman College Alumni Association. He is also a recipient of the Greg Ingalls/UAB Award for "Excellence in Teaching" (2nd place) and received a "Honored Faculty" designation from the UAB School of Arts & Humanities. In 2005 he received the UAB/NAACP “Image Award.” Southern Living magazine ran a feature story on Kevin Turner & the UAB Gospel Choir in 2007. The gospel music program has earned the attention and respect from President George W. Bush and two Alabama Governors. He has been inducted three times into the “Who’s Who in Black Birmingham” national archive.
The Music Educators National Conference features, Never Lose Its Power, an original composition by Kevin Turner in their publication and accompanying compact disc entitled, MAKING CONNECTIONS: MultiCultral Music and the National Standards. Dr. Turner has lectured on Gospel Music and presented papers plus given workshops at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville; Birmingham Southern College; at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for the German delegation of Friendship Force International; and Angelo State University. The UAB Gospel Choir was featured in the filming of a documentary produced by Dr. Henry Louis Gates - Harvard's chair of Afro-American Studies, "Black America in the 21st Century, journey through the South." The show aired in September 2003 on PBS and the BBC.
To his credit are the following:
- The UAB Gospel Choir earning five Alabama People’s Choice Music Awards and one BAMA Award
- Receiving an outstanding CD release review from GospelFlava.com
- The UAB Gospel Choir is a Feature Story in the 40th Anniversary Edition of UAB Magazine, WOW Magazine and the UAB Phoenix Magazine.
- Two television specials on Bright House Networks (Gospel Anthology & Holiday/Anniversary Concerts)
- Recruiting students from the West Indies and Switzerland
- #2 song in rotation on XM Satellite Radio for six weeks (“After You’ve Prayed About It” from the Gospel 101: GO DOMINATE! recording)
- Having over 1 million combined hits of the UAB Gospel Choir on youtube.com
- The UAB Gospel Choir “Gospel Anthology” DVD added to the academic curriculum of the Birmingham City Schools
- International Choral Biennale in Haarlem – Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Delegation of UAB Gospel Choir alumni featured clinicians/performers
- The Meitav Vocal Ensemble from Rosh Ha'Ayin from Israel: Hosted master class for this group on the campus of UAB
- Master class taught on UAB’s campus to a delegation from Purdue University
- Presents sold-out concerts at the Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center
- 5000+ students have taken the UAB Gospel Choir since its inception
Kevin Turner has performed with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, recorded, composed and co-produced several songs featured on the UAB Gospel Choir "LIVE" & "Lessons for Life" CDs. Turner served as executive producer and chief composer for the Gospel 101: GO DOMINATE! cd/dvd recordings. His jingle ABM 6-8 I Like It, for UPN TV, received regional CLIO and EMMY Award nominations. On a regular basis, Turner's music has charts in the U.S., Canada, the London, England, Amsterdam and Finland. He has accompanied Richard Smallwood and is featured at Hammond organ on the CD recordings of Oteil Burbridge and Birmingham Police Chief Annetta Nunn.
Turner has served on the UAB Kirklin Clinic Voice Treatment Center Advisory Board for several years, and as a committee member for the UAB Presidential Awards. He also serves on the scholarship committee of the Ruben Studdard foundation and is a board member of the Alabama Gospel Music Cultural Arts Center. Turner has semi-annually co-taught a course on world music at UAB. Turner holds credentials with Dr. I.V. Hillard's A.I.M. and has life-long ties with the music departments within the P.A.W., C.O.G.I.C. and other institutions. Turner graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Theology (Andersonville Theological Seminary) and holds a honoris causa Doctorate in Divinity degree (Saint Thomas Christian College).
UAB Gospel Choir
The UAB Gospel Choir is open to all UAB students regardless of your major. Registration is required to participate. One credit hour is earned for your participation and rehearsals are on Monday evenings at 7pm (Hulsey Center Recital Hall). There are opportunities within this choir for instrumentalists, choreographers, orators, plus dance & mime.
Under the tutelage and direction of Kevin Turner the UAB Gospel Choir has performed with Stevie Wonder, Ruben Studdard, Lee Greenwood, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, the Reverend Daryl Coley and was featured at the Inaugural Ceremonies of Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. In addition, Turner and the UAB Gospel Choir served as opening act for gospel sensations Kirk Franklin & Fred Hammond's TOUR OF LIFE, for Karen Clark-Sheard, Tonex & Dottie Peoples, and are featured at the City Stages Music Festival and other music festivals annually.
The UAB Gospel Choir has performed for former Miss America Heather Whitestone and former first lady Barbara Bush. In addition, the choir has performed for the United States Secretary of Education, celebrations at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the inaugural prayer breakfast with Martin Luther King III, the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE) annual convention, the Birmingham Heritage Festival, Birmingham’s City Stages Music Festival, on ESPN II and the Edmund Pettus Bridge Celebration in Selma, Ala.
Turner's students have dominated local and national talent competitions, including “Live at the Apollo.” He also tours the United States regularly with the UAB Gospel Choir, usually with 2-3 busloads of student performers. Most recently Turner was commissioned to compose and perform jingles for MY-68 TV and the Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center 10th anniversary. The UAB Gospel Choir will be releasing a new CD in 2010 and a live recording project from London, England in 2011. Recordings of the UAB Gospel Choir are available on campus at Barnes & Noble @ UAB and online at iTunes, Amazon.com and cdbaby.com.
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