About the Choir

United Voices Choir membersThe United Voices Choir of West Georgia was founded in 1974 by Reverend Jared Jennings and Dr. O.B. Yates, who saw a need for African American students to have an outlet and more extra curricular activities. The choir gave students a sense of fellowship, worship, and comradery, and has been providing that environment for generations of students.

The choir’s name has evolved throughout the past four decades. Originally, it was named the United Voices Choir of West Georgia, inspired by founding faculty advisor Dr. Yates’ experience in the United Voices of Kansas State Choir. While the name has changed, the sense of bonding that takes place among the members of the Choir has not.

United Voices Reunion Planning Committee

  • Gregory Bailey
  • Stannetta Evans
  • Wylodene Harrell
  • Michelle Hester
  • Sandra "Penney" Houston
  • LeGree McCamey*
  • Maydia Mosely
  • Willie Frank Andrews Nolley, Jr. *
  • Dana Pace
  • Michael Thompson
  • Lawanda Copeland Tillman
  • Semeka Samuels
  • Quaniqua Woods

* deceased


  • Michelle Hester
  • Sandra "Penney" Houston '83

uvgc Upcoming Event

Join us for the United Voices Gospel Choir Spring Concert: Let's Have Church! 

April 22, 2023 | 5 p.m. | Victory Tabernacle Ministries

Register for the UVGC Spring Concert!


If you have questions or would like to get involved with the network, contact us at alumni@westga.edu.

"Total Praise" by uvgc alumni

The University of West Georgia United Voices Gospel Choir Alumni celebrated its 45th anniversary with a rendition of "Total Praise", by Richard Smallwood.

oral history & memories

Tap below to watch a video presentation of the history of the choir and memories from UVGC alumni compiled in honor of the choir's 45th anniversary. 

VIRTUAL REUNION - Full version

To watch the full recording of the United Voices Gospel Choir 45th Anniversary Reunion on April 10, 2021, tap the play button below.



In honor of the 45 year anniversary of the United Voices Gospel Choir (UVGC), a tribute scholarship has been established to support current students in their quest for academic excellence at the University of West Georgia. This scholarship endowment will help recruit and retain United Voices Gospel Choir members while supporting the next generation of UWG students along their academic journey. It will help ensure that qualifying UWG students - of whom nearly 40 percent are first-generation college students - have access to the financial support that will change the trajectory of their lives. 

Double the impact of your gift: An anonymous donor has pledged to match every gift made to the scholarship fund, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000.

Please join us and consider making a tax-deductible gift today to help establish the United Voices Gospel Choir Endowed Scholarship Fund.


To make your tax-deductible gift using our secure online payment system, tap the button below.

Make a Gift

By Check

Please make checks payable to the UWG Foundation with UVGC Endowed Scholarship Fund in the memo and mail to: UWG Foundation, 1601 Maple Street, Carrollton, GA 30118.





A special thank you to all the UVGC alumni who have made a gift to this very special scholarship to support the next generation of UWG students.

  • Mr. Henry L. Adams '73 '94
  • Mrs. Martha Allen '82
  • Ms. Gwendolyn Graves '83
  • Mr. Leroy Hutchins
  • Mrs. Virginia Kimble '80 '86
  • Mr. Legree D. McCamey '81 '02
  • Ms. Maydia Mosley
  • Mrs. Lillian Rozena O'Neal '86
  • Mr. Dana K. Pace '82
  • Dr. Ruth Pace
  • Mrs. Semeka M. Samuels '97
  • Pastor Thurmond Tillman '76 & Mrs. Lawanda Tillman '79
  • Allen Temple Developments, Inc.
  • Ms. Wylodine Harrell '86
  • Mr. Christopher Sanders '03
  • Mrs. Alicia Stone '97
  • Mr. Gregory Bailey '79
  • Ms. Sandra 'Penney' Houston '83
  • Ms. Michelle Hester 
  • Mrs. Mary F. Early
  • Ms. Wilhemina L. Putman '84