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Classical Musicians of African Descent: F-J

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Artists listed in alphabetical order by last name.

Lena Fankhauser, viola

Jim Ferraiuolo, oboe

Jimmy Finnie, percussion

Robert Fisher, viola

Rick Fleming, trombone

Theresa Fox, viola

Leonard Foy, trumpet

Tiffany Freeman, double bass

Eric Goldberg, percussion

Frédérique Gnaman, violin

Stewart Goodyear, piano

Ashleigh Gordon, viola

Denyce Graves, mezzo-soprano

Linda Green, viola

Ryan Speedo Green, bass-baritone

Gordon Grubbs, cello

Kelly Hall-Tompkins, violin

Adolphus Hailstork

Edward W. Hardy, violin

Bennie Harris, violin

Leonard Hayes, piano

Joseph Hébert, cello

Josh Henderson, violin

Byron Hogan, cello

John Holiday, countertenor

Jonathan Bailey Holland, composer

Timothy Holley, cello

Joshua Hood, bassoon

Ashley Horne, violin

Briana Elyse Hunter, mezzo-soprano

Cory Hunter, musicologist

Ashley Jackson, harp

Isaiah Jackson, conductor

Malcolm Jackson, percussion

Christopher Jenkins, viola

Don Johns, percussion

Blake-Anthony Johnson, cello

Geoffrey Johnson, oboe

Jeri Lynne Johnson, conductor

Tabitha Johnson, piano

William Johnson, double bass

Caroline Jones, viola

Courtney Jones, trumpet

Kevin Phillip Jones, cello

Shawn Jones, bassoon

Ashley Jackson, harp

Feb 19, 2020

  Praised for her rhythmic precision and dynamic range, harpist Dr. Ashley Jackson enjoys a multifaceted career as a highly sought-after musician and collaborator in New York and beyond. As a highly versatile artist, she has developed a unique "groove beyond gentility" on her instrument (I Care If You Listen).

Jonathan Bailey Holland, composer

Feb 19, 2020

Jonathan Bailey Holland (b. 1974, Flint, MI) was influenced early on by his grandfather’s baby grand piano and his father’s record collection, which contained everything from Miles Davis to Bootsy Collins, G. F. Handel, Sergio Mendes, Michael Jackson, Kenny Rogers, and more. Holland draws inspiration from classical, jazz, hip-hop, and other musical genres, as well as from visual art, architecture, poetry, dramatic works, and contemporary events. Early studies of piano, trumpet, tuba, and double-bass led him to Interlochen Arts Academy, where he discovered music composition.

John Holiday, countertenor

Feb 19, 2020
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Countertenor John Holiday has quickly established himself as a fast-rising singer to watch and “one of the finest countertenors of his generation” (Los Angeles Times). His voice has been praised as “a thing of astonishing beauty” (New Yorker), “arrestingly powerful, secure and dramatically high” (Wall StreetJournal), “exceptional [and] strong...even in its highest range” (The New York Times) and “timeless”(Washington Post)

Isaiah Jackson, conductor

Feb 5, 2020

Jackson founded the Juilliard String Ensemble and was its first conductor 1970-71. He was associate or assistant conductor with the American Symphony Orchestra (1970-71) where he worked with Leopold Stokowski; the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (1971-73); and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (1973-87). He was appointed music director of the Flint Symphony Orchestra (Flint, Michigan) in 1982, the first black music director of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra in 1987 , and principal conductor of The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, in 1986, and became its music director 1987-90.

Lena Fankhauser, viola

Jan 29, 2020

Lena Fankhauser is a native of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. At age 12 she attended the Yehudi Menuhin School in England and studied violin. She attended the Young Artists Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with David Cerone before receiving both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School which she attended on full scholarship. Her postgraduate studies took place at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Thomas Riebl. 

Ryan Speedo Green, bass-baritone

Jan 29, 2020

Praised by Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times for his “robust voice” and Anne Midgette of The Washington Post as an artist “fully ready for a big career,” bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green is quickly establishing himself as an artist of international demand at the world’s leading opera houses. In the 2018 – 2019 season Mr. Green returns to the Metropolitan Opera to sing the King in Aida, conducted by Nicola Luisotti and broadcast to theaters around the world as part of the Met’s Live in HD program, and for a reprise of Colline in La bohème. Mr.

Briana Elyse Hunter, mezzo-soprano

Jan 29, 2020

Briana Hunter has been hailed by Opera News as “a mesmerizing mezzo-soprano with a fiery theatrical presence and dynamic vocalism.” Following her acclaimed performances creating the role of Mother in Jeanine Tesori’s Blue at the Glimmerglass Festival, she reprised the role for her debut at the Washington National Opera. A graduate of the Gerdine Young Artist Program, she returned to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis for her role debut as Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus.

Linda Green, viola

Jan 29, 2020

Linda Green hails from Oakland, California. She performed with the Gateways Music Festival orchestra in 2017. Additional information not available at present time.

Kevin Phillip Jones, cello

Jan 29, 2020

Kevin Phillip Jones, a Virginia native, has had the pleasure of performing at the Gateways Music Festival for several years, and was a founding member of the AIDA String Ensemble. Mr. Jones resides in the Washington D.C. area, where he performs with opera companies including Maryland Lyric Opera, and Washington Opera Society. In addition, he has performed with rising jazz luminaries Chelsey Green and The Green Project, and Noble Jolley. He was recently a featured soloist with the DC Strings Orchestra and the Colour of Music Festival.

Blake-Anthony Johnson, cello

Jan 28, 2020

Blake-Anthony Johnson's multifaceted career has included work as a performer, collaborator, recording artist, and educator. Self-taught until the age of 18, Mr. Johnson has developed a diverse professional career as a guest principal cellist, chamber musician, soloist and recitalist around the globe. He has previously been featured on NPR’s “From the Top” with Christopher O’Riley. He received his BM at Vanderbilt University, later studying with Alan Harrell of the Cleveland Orchestra for his MMusic degree. Mr.

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