In its eight years, the Voices of Unity choir has performed a diverse catalog of music.
Janice Bayouth leads a choir rehearsal.
The Voices of Unity is a 42-member, multi-ethnic Tulsa-based choir Janice Bayouth founded in 2009.
“After leaving the classroom to finish my career in administration, I had left music behind,” says the former vocal music teacher at Booker T. Washington High School. She went on to work at Charles Page High School and for Tulsa Public Schools at the district level. “I decided to form a choir through word-of-mouth that was not church affiliated, just community affiliated. Most importantly, I wanted a diverse multicultural blend of people.”
In its eight years, the choir has performed a diverse catalog of music. It has graced Mayfest stages, backed up Barry Manilow, honored the Rev. Jesse Jackson and sung at the Martin Luther King Celebration in January 2017.
“I wanted to promote the history and music of the Negro Spirituals, which not many choirs sing today,” Bayouth says. “I felt it was a dying art of music by Jester Hairston and William Dawson.”