Black Voices of Inspiration

Established in 1975, Black Voices of Inspiration (BVOI) is an exceptional choir dedicated to the performance of spirituals, gospels and contemporary songs of inspiration by African American composers.

The choir is diverse, with a roster ranging from freshmen to graduate students representing various academic disciplines at Purdue University. By reinforcing a positive sense of cultural identity and self-worth, the choir provides an outlet for spiritual, creative, and educational fulfillment for its members. Twana A. Harris, Ph.D., directs BVOI. Harris is a music educator, composer, musician and vocalist from Indianapolis.

Since its inception, BVOI has become one of the most widely respected vocal performance groups in the area. The choir has won several awards of excellence and toured extensively throughout Indiana, visiting other university campuses, metropolitan churches, civic organizations and elementary schools. BVOI members serve as goodwill ambassadors for Purdue at many university and community events.

The group has commissioned new vocal music arrangements from prominent composers/arrangers like Kirby Shaw and has performed for South African Prince Cedza Dlamini and rising gospel artists like Kierra Sheard and Terrell Hunt. The rich and powerful sound of BVOI, along with the group's rousing musical interpretations, leaves audiences captivated, stimulated, motivated, and inspired.

Artist-in-residence, James Dekle.


Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

8 a.m. - 8 p.m.


2 p.m. - 9 p.m.

*Library hours vary slightly

Contact Information

1100 Third St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907


Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-4600

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