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Director UAB Gospel Choir
117 Hulsey Center
(205) 934-6155

Research and Teaching Interests: The Music of Black Americans, Gospel Music Eras, Music Business, Music Technology, Theatre, Biblical Studies

Office Hours: By appointment

  • ThB, Anderson Theological Seminary, Theology
  • DD, Saint Thomas Christian College, Divinity

Kevin Paul Turner is a native of Peoria, Illinois, and is the founding director of the UAB Gospel Choir. Since the inception of the UAB Gospel Choir in 1995, Kevin has brought American gospel music from the choir stand to the classrooms at UAB and to performing arts centers, radio, and retail, too. He developed a powerhouse strategy for turning out above-average talent from the choir, a strategy that attracts students from around the nation and other countries. Turner's compositions for UAB Gospel Choir recordings have led to live performances in Great Britain, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the US Virgin Islands, and soon in Japan. Chart-topping hits on XM Satellite Radio and confirm that he in on to something!

Turner's teaching philosophy and style utilize all available technologies, but he firmly believes that human interaction is key in engaging students in the learning process. "Teachable Moments" are woven into his musical and theatrical productions by involving his students conceptually and in the actual production. The magic of teachable moments happens when the subject matter is interwoven and applied into something seen, heard, felt, or experienced.   

In 2011, called Turner “The Modern-day Godfather of College Gospel Choirs” during the 4th CD release from the UAB Gospel Choir. He lends his support to UAB’s African American Studies Program with a course he designed called the History of Gospel Music. His research appears in the curriculum of the Birmingham City Schools cultural diversity programs (Gospel Anthology I & II) and The Music Educators National Conference (Making Connections: Multicultural Music and the National Standards). He has been a contributing writer as well. A comprehensive artist profile is available upon request.

  • The Study of American Gospel Music
  • The Music Business
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America
  • Metro Branch of the NAACP
  • National Association for the Study and Performance of African-American Music (NASPAAM)
  • Delta Theta Chapter of the Gamma Sigma Alpha National Greek Academic Honor Society
  • Stillman College Alumni Association
  • 2nd place recipient of the Greg Ingalls/UAB Award for Excellence in Teaching