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Doris Jones Wilson, Ed. D.

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Dr. Wilson

Dr. Doris Jones Wilson is a product of the St. Louis Public Schools and the Alleda Ward Wells Music Studio. She earned the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Lincoln University, the Master of Arts in Teaching and the Doctor of Education degrees from Washington University, St. Louis, MO.

Wilson, professor emeritus of music at Harris-Stowe State University, has more than forty four years of dedicated service as a music educator, having taught in all grade levels in the Public School System. Wilson retired from Harris-Stowe State after serving twenty nine years as the director of the award winning Concert Chorale and professor of music education. Under her direction the Chorale received awards for excellence in national and international competitions, and traveled and performed extensively in the United States, Canada, Nassau Bahamas, and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and aboard the M.S. Seward and S.S. Norway Cruise Ships. Many of her students are professional musicians, choral directors, and educators.

Dr. Wilson became the director of the Legend Singers Choral Ensemble, in 1996, following Malachi Owens. She has continued the original mission of Dr. Billups, preserving the indigenous music of the African-American. In addition to the annual concerts and performances,  the group continues to focus on educational and community outreach. Wilson has brought to the Legend Singers diverse programming that includes the annual Festival of African-American  Spirituals and celebration of Black Music month with a tribute to contemporary Blues, Soul, R & B, and Hip-Hop music.

Dr. Wilson is the recipient of many awards and honors including the Harris-Stowe State College Distinguished Service Award, St. Louis American Newspaper Stellar Performer Award, The Living Legend in Church Music Award from Hampton University, and the Distinguished Contribution Award for Outstanding Promotion of Black Music and Black Musicians by the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. (2005).