Karen Walwyn has devoted much of her time to the recordings of music by American composers most of which were the premier recordings. The asterisk [*] declares the premier recording of the work by the specific composer, (Albany Records). Volumes I and II of Dark Fires is her compilation of recorded works for piano by American composers.
*Florence B. Price, considered the first black woman in the United States to be recognized as a symphonic composer (learn more)
Hale Smith, one of the most notable African American composers of the 20th who was also an editor, pianist, arranger and educator (learn more)
*Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, an innovative American composer whose interests spanned the worlds of classical music as well as jazz, dance, pop, film and television (learn more)
*Ellis Marsalis, composer, jazz pianist and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow (learn more)
*David Baker, world-renowned composer, multi-instrumentalist, educator, writer, clinician, pedagogue, and Chair of the Jazz Studies Department at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music (learn more)
*Adolphus Hailstork, a Fulbright fellow, (1987) and the Cultural Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia (learn more)
*Jeffrey Mumford, a Guggenheim fellow, and is published by Theodor Presser (learn more)
*Tania Leon, A Grammy nominee for “Best Contemporary Classical Composition “ in 55th Annual Awards Ceremony (learn more)
*Alvin Singleton, composer, a Fulbright Fellow and a Rockefeller Foundation grantee in a series entitled “Meet the Composer” (learn more)
*Dolores White, one of the finalists in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s African American Composers Competition and Conference (learn more)
*Roger Dickerson, a Fulbright Fellow, and a Pulitzer nominee (learn more)
Lettie Beckon Austin, first African American to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan (learn more)
Karen Walwyn, pianist and composer, Mellon Faculty Fellow (learn more)
Ms. Walwyn’s Abbreviated Survey of Composers of African Descent presentation on composers of African descent, which encompasses a myriad of composers dating back to the mid nineteenth century, is one of many lectures available. In addition, lecture recitals, solo performances, and master classes in this repertoire are available by Ms. Walwyn. In order to schedule a session or series of events, please contact
Stay tuned to be able to view portions of Ms. Walwyn’s Survey Presentation.