Tag Archive for: Classical Music In Color

The Pressure Of Being The First One. The Dreams of a Nigerian Violinist and Florence Price. 

Rosalyn Aninyei  is doing her best to create and maintain a world class orchestra in her home country of Nigeria.  Florence Price is getting the festival treatment at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.  Blake-Anthony Johnson talks about his path to become the first African American to be the CEO of a world-renowned orchestra, the Chicago Sinfonietta.

There’s a new album of music by Florence Price and William Dawson via the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Here’s a link to the Margaret Bonds Symposium at Queens University in  Charlotte, North Carolina.

New Albums from Pratt, Dworkin and Malakai and a Latinx Opera Workshop

In this month of September, your ears will be filled with the sound of STILLPOINT.  It’s Awadagin Pratt’s latest album.  He’s performing music he commissioned from several composers of color. 

You can hear the life and times of Aaron P. Dworkin’s in his debut spoken word album The Poetjournalist. 

Malakai Bayoh didn’t win Britian’s Got Talent 2023. The 14-year-old DID win a record deal and his debut album Golden is out and about.

Opportunities abound all over the BIPOC spectrum

Austin Opera has a program for Latinx creatives

There’s a leadership opportunity at the Delaware Symphony Orchestra

South Africa’s National Arts Festival is calling for creatives of all types for their 2024 event. 

Composers might want to write what could become the Best Symphonia of the Year

The National Opera House Is Coming Together.

There’s good news about the progress of the once dilapidated National Opera House in Pittsburgh.

Executive Director Jonnet Solomon says they are still in need of financial help and volunteer personnel.

And We Honor Andre Watts

We honor the life and career of Pianist Andre Watts with good friend and colleague Norman Krieger.

There’s a new debut album from Sphinx Virtuosi called Songs for Our Times

Bass player Joseph Conyers is making history again with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Conductor Jonathon Heyward has picked up another job.

The Hastings International Piano Competition in England is looking for applicants.  So is the Sphinx Competition.  There’s also a competition for UK only groups called the Music and Drama Education awards. 


Grief is a heavy burden to carry.  Composer Curtis Stewart has composed music expressing the devastation he feels over his mother’s death. He calls the album OF LOVE and has released a video for one of the tracks DRIFT TO WAKE.

There’s an update on Ralph Yarl, the 16 year old who was shot twice when he went to the wrong house.

We say goodbye to Soprano Grace Bumbry who went beyond the white curtain.

Performances coming up this month include the Harlem Chamber Players presents, Harlem Songfest 2.  The opera SHE WHO DARED from the American Lyric Theater. 

The Dallas Symphony is looking for applicants for its first Diversity Fellowship Program.  Afros and Audio Podcast Festival is calling for speaker submissions

The Lewis Prize for Music wants organizations investing in music programs for young people to apply for a grant.


In what may be a first, there’s The Oxford Book of Choral Music by Black Composers. It was edited and curated by conductor, educator, and composer Marques L. A. Garrett.  Listen to the music here

Pamela Dawson of Desoto High School in Texas revels in her win as the 2023 Grammy Music Educator of the Year.

Apply to enter the J.S. Bach Competition.

Composers might want to enter the American Composers Forum Spring National Call.

The Black British Classical Foundation is celebrating the coronation of King Charles III with a concert.