21M.410 | Spring 2005 | Undergraduate

Vocal Repertoire and Performance: African American Composers

Study Materials


Abromeit, Kathleen A. An Index to African-American Spirituals for the Solo Voice. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999. ISBN: 9780313305771.

Floyd, Jr., and A. Samuel, eds., and the Center for Black Music Research. International Dictionary of Black Composers. New York, NY: Routledge, 1999. ISBN: 9781884964275.

Fuller, Sophie, ed. The Pandora Guide to Women Composers: Britain and the U.S. 1629-Present. San Francisco, CA: Pandora, 1995. ISBN: 9780044409366.

Jackson, Irene V. Afro-American Religious Music: A Bibliography and A Catalogue of Gospel Music. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1979. ISBN: 9780313205606.

Holly, Ellistine Perkins. Biographies of Black Composers and Songwriters. Dubuque, IA: Wm. C. Brown Publishers, 1990. ISBN: 9780697118875.

Sadie, Julie Anne, and Rhian Samuel, eds. Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers. New York, NY: W.W. Norton, 1995. ISBN: 9780393034875.

Southern, Eileen. The Music of Black Americans: A History. 2nd ed. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Co., Inc., 1983. ISBN: 9780393952797.

Walker-Hill, Helen. From Spirituals to Symphonies: African-American Women Composer and Their Music. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002. ISBN: 9780313299476.


Patterson, Willis C., comp. Anthology of Art Songs by Black American Composers. New York, NY: E. B. Marks Music Corp., 1977.

Simmons, Margaret R., and Jeanine Wagner, eds. A New Anthology of Art Songs by African American Composers. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois Univ. Press, 2004. ISBN: 9780809325238.

Taylor, Vivian, ed. Art Songs and Spirituals by African-American Women Composers. Bryn Mawr, PA: Hildegard Publishing Co., 1995.


Gershwin, George, DuBose Heyward, Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin. Porgy & Bess. Primetime/BBC and Homevale/Greg Smith production, directed by Trevor Nunn. London, UK: EMI Classics, 2001.

Jopin, Scott. Treemonisha. Houston Grand Opera. W. Long Branch, NJ: Kultur, 1982.

Web sites

The African American Art Song Alliance

Afrocentric Voices

H. T. Burleigh

Yiu-kwong Chung

George & Ira Gershwin

Jacqueline Hairston

Langston Hughes

Hall Johnson

Paul Robeson

William Grant Still

John W. Work, III

Interview with Mrs. John Work

Xu Zhimo

Course Info

As Taught In
Spring 2005
Learning Resource Types
Written Assignments with Examples
Activity Assignments with Examples