About Alonza Lawrence
Alonza Lawrence has extensive experience as a vocal performer and studio teacher and has led several school, community, and church choruses. Past teaching experiences include serving as the Associate Instructor for the African-American Choral Ensemble of Indiana University; vocal coach, rhythm coach, accompanist, and soloist for the Emmy award-winning “Amen, Music of the Black Church!” PBS concert documentary; music educator and chorus director in the Virginia public schools; Artistic Director of the Boys Choir of Hampton Roads (Virginia), and the Minister of Music for the Zion Baptist Church of Portsmouth, Virginia. He has also performed with the Virginia Symphony, the I. Sherman Greene Chorale, and the Virginia Opera.
His work and research bridges the gap between Eurocentric and Afrocentric music practices. Areas of special interest include Classical Voice, Musical Theater, Opera and Afrocentric Voice and Piano Performance (Gospel, R&B, Soul, Pop, etc.).
Alonza is currently a Doctoral candidate at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He earned his Master of Music from Indiana University in 2017, and he holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Norfolk State University.
MM, Indiana University; BME, Norfolk State University
Co-director of Lyric Theatre