The life journey of Terrance Brown, Western Kentucky University’s Dean of Potter’s College of Arts & Letters, encapsulates the concept of the voice as a significant instrument of liberation and legacy. Brown accomplishes this through both academia and performance.
Starting his musical journey as a trombone player in high school, he would soon pivot from his goal of pre-med.
“I was going to go to Birmingham Southern...I was just blown away by the music. And I said I can't really leave this. So I went home and I talked to my mom and I said, I'm not going to [pursue] pre-med. I'm going to [aim for] music and she looked at me and said baby, whatever you want to do, we will make it work.”
With a strong foundation and support from fellow musicians and music teachers, Brown’s endeavor was met with what he says was an opportunity outside of his comfort zone. “I was singing His Eyes On The Sparrow with Jurrell. And he was playing, we were singing gospel, and I didn't really know how to sing! Honestly, I was just singing.” Yet, he was heard by a choir director who offered Brown an invitation to join the choir.