Southern Voices

A Composer's Exploration, with Doris Hayes

1985, 58:11 min, color, sound

Subtitled A Composer's Exploration, with Doris Hays, this documentary traces the development and premiere performance of an avant-garde symphonic work by Southern composer Doris Hays. Commissioned by the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Hayes' piece is based on the sounds and rhythms of Southern speech and musical traditions. Stoney combines analysis of her work with interviews in which Hays discusses her struggle with racism and paternalism of Southern culture.

Director: George Stoney. Producers: George Stoney, Doris Hays. Photography: James Stoney. Editor: Eric Earl.