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Classical Musicians of African Descent: P-T

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Artists listed in alphabetical order by last name.

Seth Pae, viola

Derrick Parker, bass-baritone

Terrance Patterson, clarinet

Jason Pooler, violin

Taylor Raven, mezzo-soprano

Derek Reeves, viola

Patricia Reeves, flute

Priscilla Rinehart, french horn

Brianna J Robinson, soprano

Morris Robinson, bass

Rick Robinson, Double bass

Timothy Robinson, trombone

Kai Rocke, bassoon

Brittany Rumph, soprano

Adam Sadberry, flute

Golda Schultz, soprano

Astrid Schween, cello 

Shea Scruggs, oboe and panelist

Marshall Sealy, French horn

Rochelle Sennet, piano

Donovan Singletary, bass-baritone

Herbert Smith, trumpet

Yvonne Smith, viola

Undine Smith Moore, composer

Damien Sneed, piano

Maya Stone, bassoon

Troy Stuart, cello

Brandie Sutton, soprano

George Taylor, viola

Ebonee Thomas, flute

Lionel Thomas, violin

Russell Thomas, tenor

Samuel Thompson, violin

https://www.musicbyblackcomposers.org/2017/08/25/undine-smith-moore/

The granddaughter of slaves, Undine Smith Moore’s first musical memories were of the Morningstar Baptist Church in Jarratt, Virginia. She received a scholarship from the Julliard School to study music at Fisk University, and later studied composition at the Manhattan School of Music and the Eastman School. Undine was a co-founder of the Black Music Center at Virginia State College, and today she is known as the “Dean of Black Women Composers.”

Astrid Schween, cello

Feb 26, 2020
Steve J. Sherman

  Cellist Astrid Schween has gained a rich following and enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber artist and teacher. Since joining the Juilliard String Quartet in 2016, she has appeared at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Berlin Konzerthaus, London’s Wigmore Hall, Yamaha Hall in Tokyo, and in Hong Kong, Singapore, Greece, China, Spain, Scandinavia and throughout the US, with concerts at the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, New York’s 92nd Street Y, Ravinia, Tanglewood and the Kennedy Center.

Taylor Raven, mezzo-soprano

Feb 19, 2020

  Ms. Raven is a recipient of a 2017 Sara Tucker career grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation. Other highlights from the 2016/17 season include her Seattle Opera debut as Hannah After in Laura Kaminsky’s As One. She was a fellow with the Ravinia Festival, performed as Oronte in Handel’s Riccardo Primo and Hannah after in As One with Pittsburgh Opera as a Resident Artist, and was a member of the 2016 San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program. After her residency with the latter, she returned to present a Schwabacher debut recital with Mark Morash at the piano.

Morris Robinson, bass

Feb 19, 2020

Morris Robinson is considered one the most interesting and sought after basses performing today.

Russell Thomas, tenor

Feb 11, 2020

 Acclaimed for his “voice of intrinsic warmth and refined sense of style” (Opera News), Mr. Thomas has enjoyed a string of operatic triumphs in recent seasons, including performances as Don Carlo at Washington National Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin; Cavaradossi in Tosca at Los Angeles Opera and Los Angeles Philharmonic; and Pollione in Norma at Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Canadian Opera Company, and Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia.

Brandie Sutton, soprano

Feb 11, 2020

  Hailed by The New York times for her "warm, ample voice" and "distinctive earthy coloring," and by Opera News for her "sumptuos, mid-weight soprano," Ms. Sutton first embraced classical music during her undergraduate studies at Oakwood University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a concentration in voice. She now holds a Master in Music degree from The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Donovan Singletary, bass-baritone

Jan 29, 2020

  Bass-Baritone Donovan Singletary has been praised by Opera News for his “bright baritone.” He lit up the concert stage in performances with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonic, the Latvian National Opera, the Orchestra Lamourez in Paris, and The Metropolitan Opera for their “Summer in the Parks” concert series.  He made his debut at Carnegie Hall in Mark Hayes’ Te Deum and returned there to sing Fauré’s Requiem and Haydn’s Paukenmesse.  In addition, he traveled to Vienna as a representative for the George London Foundation.    Mr.

Golda Schultz, soprano

Jan 29, 2020
Dario Acosta

Born in South Africa, trained at New York’s Juilliard School and the Opernstudio of Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper, soprano Golda Schultz has enjoyed success after success in the first seasons of her professional career and has already been firmly established on both sides of the Atlantic as one of today’s most exciting young artists.

Brianna J Robinson, soprano

Jan 29, 2020

Soprano Brianna J. Robinson is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University with degrees in Vocal Music Performance and Black World Studies. She received her master’s degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in May of 2018.

Lionel Thomas, violin

Jan 29, 2020

Lionel Thomas developed a passion for music as a young child listening to his church’s gospel choir. At age eight, he began playing violin in Pennsylvania where his earliest music instructors passed on their own love for music. Mr. Thomas received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Oregon and a Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati. He is a faculty member at Music School of Delaware and Adjunct Associate Professor at Delaware State University. Mr. Thomas is also a substitute violinist with Symphony in C.    

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