José Manuel Jiménez Berroa (1855–1917)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Concert pianist, composer, and music conservatory director José Manuel Jiménez Berroa was born on December 7, 1855, into a musical family in Trinidad, Cuba, a city on the central coast known for its mainly African-descended population, sugar mills, and tobacco production. … Read MoreJosé Manuel Jiménez Berroa (1855–1917)

George Irving Shirley (1934- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” George Shirley is an educator, lecturer, and internationally acclaimed tenor whose leading roles in 28 operas with the Metropolitan Opera (“Met”) for 11 seasons helped push open doors on operatic stages for many African American tenors. In 1956 Shirley became the … Read MoreGeorge Irving Shirley (1934- )

Thomas J. Bowers (1823-1885)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Thomas J. Bowers, businessman, pianist, and activist, was best known as an African American opera singer, who was compared favorably with the leading world tenors of the mid-nineteenth century.   Bowers was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1823, one of John … Read MoreThomas J. Bowers (1823-1885)

Joyce A. Barr (1951- )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Ambassador Joyce Anne Barr was born in 1951 in Tacoma, Washington. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University in 1976, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Ambassador Barr earned her Master of Public Administration … Read MoreJoyce A. Barr (1951- )

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: For His Times and Ours

  Image Courtesy of the Royal College of Music In the article below Hilary Burrage, Executive Chair of the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation, a United Kingdom (UK)-based non-profit organisation, describes the composer and how she came to regard and preserve his work and legacy. It has … Read MoreSamuel Coleridge-Taylor: For His Times and Ours

Simon Estes (1938- )

Image Ownership: Public Domain Simon Lamont Estes is a prominent and critically acclaimed African American opera singer.  He has made singing appearances before six US presidents, including Barack Obama, numerous other presidents and world leaders, and dignitaries such as Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  … Read MoreSimon Estes (1938- )

Kermit Moore (1929-2013)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Over a long distinguished career Kermit Moore has been a cellist of outstanding acclaim, an orchestra conductor, composer, teacher, and mentor. Through these activities in classical music he has been successful in breaking down racial and social barriers. Moore was born … Read MoreKermit Moore (1929-2013)