Academic Historian

Nelson Hall, assistant professor of music at Florida Memorial University, teaches piano, voice, and theory and conducts the University Chamber Singers. In addition, he has worked with a variety of music professionals, including Nestor Torres, Bobby McFerrin, Paul Posnak, Josh Groban, Andre Crouch, Sandi Patti, and Clifton Davis. Hall received a bachelor of arts degree in music from Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland. He earned a master’s degree in music and a doctorate in musical arts from the University of Miami. Hall was born in Marianao, Cuba.

Adele Darlene Allen (1953- )

Physician, concert pianist, and conductor, Adele Darlene Allen was born March 19, 1953, in Brooklyn, New York, to Oscar Clement Allen, a physician from Baltimore, Maryland, and Hattie Lawson Allen, a registered nurse, high school administrator, author from Danville, Virginia. She has one sister, Carol … Read MoreAdele Darlene Allen (1953- )

Ignacio Jacinto Villa Fernández (1911-1971)

Composer, master pianist Ignacio Jacinto Villa Fernández, known by the stage name Bola de Nieve, was born Ignacio Jacinto Villa Fernández on September 11, 1911, in Guanabacoa, Cuba, to Domingo Villa, a chef, and Inés Fernández, a professional rumba dancer. The couple had 12 children. … Read MoreIgnacio Jacinto Villa Fernández (1911-1971)