African American

While there are dozens – probably hundreds – of African American composers, most are too often unfamiliar to both performers and audiences. Some groups and organizations working to promote their music include the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra African American Network, the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation Music by Black Composers project, the Colour of Music Festival, and the Hildegard Publishing Company.

Read about prominent African American composers like Scott Joplin, George Walker and William Grant Still, as well as other composers of African descent, in this Guardian article, and read about contemporary African American composers in this WFMT blog post.

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