Thursday, April 16, 2015

The director of the Norfolk State University Choir is Doctor Carl W. Haywood. Dr. Haywood has sustained a long tenure at Norfolk State University and is a devoted teacher and friend of students and young musicians. As Professor of Music, he is known not only for his thorough and vigorous teaching style in the areas of conducting and organ, but also for his untiring efforts to inspire all under his voice to reach their fullest potential. A dynamic advocate of NSU, he is Director of Choral Activities and conducts the NSU Concert Choir and the Spartan Chorale. As demonstrated by their rigorous touring schedule and concerts in major churches and venues throughout the country, NSU Choirs enjoy a status among the elite choral ensembles of the nation. Frequently Dr. Haywood, one of the leading church musicians in the field, serves as a clinician, adjudicator, guest conductor, organ recitalist, and lecturer for schools, colleges, and churches throughout the country. At the Kennedy Center, he served as a National Conductor and National Chair for the 105 Voices of History, the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Choir.