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Born and raised in Raleigh, NC, Brittany J. Green (b. 1991) began her musical journey at a young age, Though she joined her elementary school chorus program at 9, her passion for music was not ignited until she began playing clarinet at age 11.
Born in Arkansas in 1887, Florence Price first learned piano from her mother, a music teacher. When Price enrolled at age 14 at the New England Conservatory, her mother told the school Price was Mexican – not to deny Price’s identity, but to try to minimize the prejudice she might face.
While there are dozens – probably hundreds – of African American composers, most are too often unfamiliar to both performers and audiences. Learn more.