National Negro Opera Company (1941-1962)

Mary Cardwell Dawson established the National Negro Opera Company (NNOC) in 1941 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Born in North Carolina, Dawson graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1925, the only African American in her class. Facing discrimination in her aspiration for a career … Read MoreNational Negro Opera Company (1941-1962)

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- )

Simon Lamont Estes is a prominent and critically acclaimed African American opera singer.  He has made singing appearances before six U.S. presidents, including Barack Obama, numerous other presidents and world leaders, and dignitaries such as Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  He has appeared in … 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)

Reri Grist (1932- )

Reri Grist is an internationally acclaimed lyric and coloratura soprano noted for her “silvery tone, flawless technique and stupendous acting.” Beginning her singing career as Consuelo in Leonard Bernstein’s musical “West Side Story” in 1957, she introduced the song “Somewhere” to the public.  After that … Read MoreReri Grist (1932- )

Black History Month on BlackPast.org, 2013: Blacks in Classical Music:

Click Here For Previously Posted Annual Black History Month Projects on BlackPast.org This page is dedicated to classical music composer Margaret Allison Bonds on the centennial of her birth. The presence and role of persons of African ancestry in what is commonly known as classical … Read MoreBlack History Month on BlackPast.org, 2013: Blacks in Classical Music: