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Classical Musicians of African Descent: A-E

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Artists listed in alphabetical order by last name.

Veena Akama-Makia, mezzo-soprano

Ifetayo Ali-Landing, cello

Lucinda Ali-Landing, viola

Tia Allen, viola

Hassan Anderson, oboe

Jennifer Arnold, viola

Amadi Azikiwe, viola

Sandra Bailey, bassoon

Jordan Bak, viola

Beverly Baker, viola

Ralph Barrett, percussion

David Berry, piano

Charlene Bishop, violin

Angel Blue, soprano

Jeffrey Boga, violin

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Cremaine Booker, cello

Shannah Boone, violin

Jalisha Boyd, violin

Javian Brabham, trumpet

J'Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano

Kathryn Brown, viola

Kearstin Piper Brown, soprano

Lawrence Brownlee, tenor

Janai Brugger, soprano

Julia Bullock, soprano

Paul Burgett, lecturer

David Burnett, violin

Christipher Burton, violin

Isrea Butler, trombone

Evan Cannon, double bass

Douglass Cardwell, timpani

Dennis Carter, flute

Cleveland Chandler, violin

Isaiah Chapman, viola

Antoine Clark, assistant conductor

Deryck Clarke, french horn

Pamela Coats, clarinet

James Cockerham, composer

Amanda Collins, French horn

Eric Cooper, cello

Jacqueline Cordova-Arrington, flute

Roderick Cox, conductor

Lamar Carey Curtis, bassoon

Mikael Darmanie, piano

Jasmine Daquin, oboe

Edwin Jhamal Davis, bass

Eric Davis, french horn

Robert Davis, clarinet

Leslie DeShazor, viola

Charles Dickerson, conductor, Young Musicians Institute

David Dickerson, french horn

Kyle Dickson, violin

Judith Dines, flute

Jaman Edward Dunn, conductor

Caitlin Edwards, violin

Mellasenah Edwards, violin

Timothy Edwards, violin

Epongue Ekille, violin

Brendon Elliot, violin

Monica Ellis, bassoon

Roderick Cox, conductor

Feb 26, 2020

  Winner of the 2018 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award by the U.S Solti Foundation, German based American conductor, Roderick Cox, has been praised as a conductor who is “paving the way” (NBC News) and recognized as a “trailblazer…a conductor who will be amongst the vanguard” (Minnesota StarTribune).

Julia Bullock, soprano

Feb 19, 2020
Allison-Michael-Orenstein

Julia Bullock was born in St. Louis, Missouri, where she joined the artist-in-training program at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis while in high school. She went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree at the Eastman School of Music, her Master’s degree in Bard College’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program, and her Artist Diploma at New York’s Juilliard School. It was there that she first met her husband, conductor Christian Reif, with whom she now lives in Munich.The Met residency crowned a banner 2018-19 season for Bullock.

Lawrence Brownlee, tenor

Feb 11, 2020

  With an ever-increasing balance in opera, recital, and concerts, Lawrence Brownlee has cemented his place as one of the top artists in classical music. He is a regular guest at the world’s most important opera houses including The Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House - Covent Garden, Bayerische Staatsoper, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opéra national de Paris, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatro Real, Opernhaus Zürich, and Wiener Staatsoper. He is a fixture at the world’s top recital venues including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, and The Kennedy Center.

J'Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano

Feb 11, 2020

J’Nai Bridges, known for her “plush-voiced mezzo-soprano” (The New York Times), has been heralded as “a rising star” (Los Angeles Times), gracing the world’s top stages. Her 2019-2020 operatic engagements in the U.S.

Jordan Bak, viola

Jan 29, 2020
Dario Acosta

“A star in the making,” (Seattle Pi) Jamaican-American violist Jordan Bak is establishing a career as an artist of passion, energy, and authenticity in the recital and chamber music arenas. Considered one of the most outstanding musicians of his generation, Bak is a winner of the 2019 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, the recipient of the 2019 Samuel Sanders Tel Aviv Museum Prize and the 2019 John White Special Prize from the Tertis International Viola Competition. Bak is also a Sphinx Competition alum and Sphinx MPower Artist Grant Recipient.

Janai Brugger, soprano

Jan 29, 2020
Dario Acosta

A former winner in 2012 of Placido Domingo’s prestigious Operalia competition and of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, American soprano, Janai Bruggerbegins the 2015-16 season as Michaela Carmen at Washington National Opera, and sings the role again later in the season at Lyric Opera of Kansas.

Veena Akama-Makia, mezzo-soprano

Jan 29, 2020

Arkansas-born mezzo-soprano Veena Akama-Makia received her Masters in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music as a student of Professor Kathryn Cowdrick. A graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, she sang leading roles in their productions of Amahl and the Night Visitors (Menotti), Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart), Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck), and A Hand of Bridge (Barber).

Angel Blue, soprano

Jan 29, 2020

Recognized for her beautiful timbre and stunning stage presence, soprano Angel Blue's voice has been hailed for its shining, agile upper register and "smoky" middle register. A regular BBC Proms presenter who is equally at home on the concert or operatic stage, Angel is quickly establishing herself as one of the best singers in her generation, having performed in over 35 countries in the last 6 years.

Kearstin Piper Brown, soprano

Jan 29, 2020

Kearstin Piper Brown, an American soprano, has appeared in critically acclaimed opera, musical theatre, and concert performances around the world. A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Ms. Brown is a graduate of both Spelman College and Northwestern University.

James Cockerham, composer

Jan 28, 2020

A multi-faceted musician with a strong Gospel background, James Cockerham is a gifted composer, arranger and orchestrator. In his hands, Rosamond and James Weldon Johnson’s Lift Every Voice and Sing, commonly called the “Negro National Anthem,” becomes an epic and cinematic journey from the Old World to the New, with rhythms from Africa to sounds of Jazz, R&B, Soul and more.

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