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Dr. Dee’s Choirs

Dr. Dee has been directing choirs since the age of 9.  She conducts clinics for church & university choirs in the areas of growing deeper in music ministry, vocal production (blend & improving tone) & choir decorum (methods to enhance song delivery & stage presence), versatility (helping choirs that are new to African American musical traditions understand how to interpret spirituals & Gospel music and helping choirs new to classical styles learn how to execute anthems & classically-arranged spirituals appropriately).

Check out her church choir, university choir & professional choirs!

Sacred Praise Chorale

As the Founding Director, Dr. Dee moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to launch the Sacred Praise Chorale, one of 4 choirs at the renowned Faithful Central Bible Church, under the vision of the Pastor-Teacher. Bishop Kenneth Ulmer.  This dynamic group has premiered many of her compositions including her famous “Clap Praise.”  Their repertoire includes anthems, spirituals, hymns, & traditional “down-home” Gospel as well as standard classical works and songs from Jewish, Hispanic & African traditions.  They sing once a month at Faithful Central Bible Church, their home church in Inglewood, CA, but have also shared their gifts at such venues as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Skirball Cultural Center, the California African-American Museum, and many schools, senior facilities and Jewish synagogues.   For more information on joining or booking Sacred Praise, contact or call 310-846-3266.

Loyola Marymount University Gospel Choir

This fun, inspirational choir finds its home on one of the most beautiful campuses in our nation, the Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.  (  Students may receive credit in that it’s actually a class in African American Studies and Theological Studies & it meets in the glorious Sacred Heart Chapel in the heart of LMU’s campus.  This diverse choir closes each semester out with a free concert that uplifts and encourages their campus community and beyond.  Their songs embrace the Gospel tradition from contemporary to traditional, as well as Praise & Worship.

Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers

The Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers was founded by the renowned choral conductor, Albert McNeil, in 1968. Following the tradition of the famous Fisk Jubilee Singers, AMJS focuses their performances one of the oldest genres of American music, the Afro-American Spiritual, also known as the Negro Spiritual.  With professional singers, most of whom have formal classical training, the group also features music by Black composers from throughout the African diaspora.  The McNeil Singers have toured extensively for decades to various parts of the globe with much acclaim.  Dr. Dee became their Artistic Director in November 2015.  For more information about AMJS, you may visit Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers – Celebrating 48 Years of The Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers of Los Angeles or email

Some more information about the journey of Diane “DR. DEE” Clayton

  • Air Canada Center, Toronto
  • Barbican Art Center, London
  • Boone Foursquare Church, Boone, NC
  • Bread of Life Fellowship, St. Louis, MO
  • Centennial Christian Church, St. Louis, MO
  • Centre de Foi, Esperance et Amour, Paris, France
  • Disney Conservatory, Anaheim, CA
  • Faithful Central Bible Church, Inglewood, CA
  • First Baptist Church of Richmond Kentucky
  • First Rising Mount Zion, Wash., DC
  • Friendship Baptist Church, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Goleta Vineyard Christian Fellowship
  • Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, Westchester, CA
  • Isle of Patmos Baptist Church, Wash., DC
  • Jerusalem Baptist Church, Wash., DC
  • John F. Kennedy Center, Wash., DC
  • Bethel Baptist Church, Wash., DC
  • Zion Missionary Baptist, Richmond Heights, MO
  • New Bethel Baptist Church, Wash., DC
  • New Christ Memorial Church, Pacoima, CA
  • New Covenant Worship Center, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Park Ave. United Methodist Church, Minneapolis, MN
  • Riverside Baptist Church, Ft. Washington, MD
  • Santa Barbara Vineyard Fellowship, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Second Baptist Church, Los Angeles, CA
  • Second Baptist Church, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Paul AME Church, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Paul AME Church, St. Louis, MO
  • Strathmore, Bethesda, MD
  • Valley Beth Shalom, Encino, CA
  • Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA
  • Appalachian State University
  • Bakersfield College
  • Berea College
  • Bethune Cookman University
  • Biola University
  • Calvin College
  • Cheyney State University
  • Eastern Mennonite University
  • Emmanuel College
  • Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Grinnell College
  • Hampton University
  • Hawaii Loa College
  • Indiana University at Pennsylvania
  • Ithaca College
  • Jackson State University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Mid Atlantic University
  • Vernon Nazarene University
  • Olivet Nazarene University
  • Pomona College
  • Shasta College
  • Spring Arbor University
  • Trinity College
  • Trinity International University & Seminary
  • Trinity Western University
  • University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of Dayton
  • University of District of Columbia
  • University of Hawaii, Honolulu
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • Washington University
  • Westmont College
  • Wheaton College
  • Winston-Salem State University
  • Appalachian State University Gospel Choir, Boone, NC
  • Black Repertory Gospel Choir of Washington University, in St. Louis, MO
  • Centennial Christian Church Gospel Choir, of St. Louis, MO
  • Children’s Choir of Goleta Christian Fellowship of Goleta, CA
  • Children’s Choir of Israel Baptist Church of Wash., DC
  • First United Methodist Church Children’s Choir, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Genesis I Gospel Ensemble of St. Louis, MO
  • Goleta Christian Fellowship Children’s Choir, Goleta, CA
  • IBC Combined Choir of Israel Baptist Church of Wash., DC
  • McKinley High School Gospel Choir, of Wash., DC
  • Men’s Chorus, Mt. Bethel Baptist Church of Wash., DC
  • Sacred Praise Chorale of Faithful Central Bible Church of Inglewood, CA
  • Sanctuary Choir of New Christ Memorial Church of Pacoima, CA
  • Louis Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America
  • Paul AME Youth Choir of St. Louis, MO
  • Sunday School Choir, Mt. Bethel Baptist Church of Wash., DC
  • Sunday School Melodies, Mt. Bethel Baptist Church of Wash., DC
  • University of CA, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Gospel Choir, Santa Barbara, CA
  • University of California at Santa Barbara Gospel Choir of Santa Barbara, CA
  • Voices of Praise, Israel Baptist Church of Wash., DC
  • Washington Performing Arts Society Children of the Gospel