Contemporary Black composers in the spotlight

Posted on: January 29, 2021

“There are well-known masterpieces in Classical music we all know and love,” writes Ella Harpstead on Wednesday’s (1/27) at Colorado Public Radio. “But every year, musicians and composers create new music that breaks boundaries. Here are 11 composers you may have heard of, or may be brand new! They represent every corner of classical music from film, jazz, choirs, concert bands and orchestras, string quartets and clarinet solos…. After listening to the playlist, you may just come away with a new favorite artist.” The article lists composers Michael Abels, Eleanor Alberga, Valerie Coleman, Augustus Hailstork, Jonathan Bailey Holland, Omar Thomas, Jessie Montgomery, Quinn Mason, Nkeiru Okoye, Daniel Bernard Roumain, and Mary D. Watkins and includes a brief biography of each along with video clips of performances of their scores. Read Symphony magazine’s Winter 2020 article about Black composers, past and present.