Wiley College A Cappella Choir to Perform at White House

Date Posted: 12/8/2011

The A Cappella Choir of Wiley College will present a holiday performance at the White House on Friday, December 9, 2011. The choir will sing excerpts from George F. Handel’s “Messiah,” as well as works by composer William L. Dawson, and contemporary Christmas arrangements.


The concert will be conducted under the direction of Stephen L. Hayes, Assistant Professor and Director of Music at Wiley College. “This experience will be a highlight in the lives of our students. They will always cherish having the opportunity to sing in the most famous home in the world, the White House,” said Mr. Hayes. “Our performance will be a shared moment for the entire Wiley family to be proud yet thankful for the continued blessings our institution receives.”


Mr. Hayes achievements as a chorale director include conducting the Anthem at the 52nd Inauguration of President of the United States, Bill Clinton, and conducting the Tuskegee University choir in the East Room of the White House. His choirs have been cablecast around the world and featured on major networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and BET.  


The A Cappella Choir of Wiley College has a rich history of traveling the country to promote the mission of Wiley College. It is not an ‘a cappella’ singing ensemble only. In order to retain the classic framework of a grand legacy, the title "A Cappella Choir" was preserved. It was first given by one of its most outstanding conductors, internationally known composer-arranger William Henry Smith, who directed the choir during the era of "The Great Debaters.” Originally called the Wiley Jubilee Singers, the choir was organized in 1897 by R.E. Brown.