Essays

Andre Myers: Composer

“To be black means to be closer to death,” says composer Andre Myers.  “There’s not been a day in the last 15 years when I’ve not said or thought I’m not dead.” In the midst of an American society newly…

Why Is American Classical Music So White?

Tom Huizenga Antonin Dvorak predicted that American classical music would draw from African American traditions. A new article wonders why American classical music has remained so white. When the first enslaved Africans landed on American shores in 1619, their musical…

Carlos Simon: Composer

“This award allows me to continue my journey in telling the stories of my culture through music. I am extremely grateful to be part of the Sphinx family and will continue to use my gift of music to impact the…

Black Artistic Invisibility

Black Artistic Invisibility: A Black Composer Talking ‘Bout Taking Care of The Souls of Black Folks While Losing Much Ground Fast (Delivered at Bowling Green University February 19, 2004) Bill Banfield

Black Music in Our Culture

One of the purposes of  our meeting was to function as a strategic planning session for a sustainable  series of events focusing on the future programming of concerts, symposiums, publications, sharing and resource gathering,  connected to scholarly information  and collegial base support of our…

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