Alonza Lawrence

Alonza has extensive experience as a vocal performer and studio teacher, and has led several school, community, and church choruses including: 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 and chorus in the Virginia public schools; Artistic Director of the Boys Choir of Hampton Roads, and as the Minister of Music for the Zion Baptist Church of Portsmouth, VA. He has performed with the Virginia Symphony, the I. Sherman Greene Chorale, and the Virginia Opera. 

His work bridges the gap between Eurocentric and Afrocentric music practices. Areas of special interest include: 

  • Classical/Musical Theater/Opera Voice Performance
  • Beginner and Intermediate Classical Piano Performance
  • Afrocentric Voice Performance (Gospel, R&B, Soul, Pop, etc.)
  • Afrocentric Piano/Keyboard Performance (Gospel, R&B, Soul, Pop, etc.)
  • Choral Singing
  • Music Theory
  • Sight Singing/Ear Training/Music analysis
  • How to play/sing by ear
  • French, German, and Italian diction for singers
  • Vocology/Vocal health

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 holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Norfolk State University.