Famous Black Composers

Music by Black Composers

  • Inspiring minority students to begin and continue instrumental training.
  • Making the music of Black composers available to everyone.
  • Helping to change the face of classical music through greater diversity.

Youngsters Play Black Composers

Recent News


Today’s featured composer/musician is Florence Price. Florence Price (1887-1953) was an African-American composer who was born in Little Rock, Arkansas.... Read More →

Willis Laurence James – MBC visits the Spelman College Archives

Last week, two members of our staff had the chance to visit the Archives at Spelman, a Historically Black College in Atlanta,... Read More →


“As a violin instructor, I would find the anthology especially helpful for motivating my young minority students with the knowledge that there is a history that is relevant to them in relation to classical music.”
Terrance Gray, String Department Chair, Peoples Music School
“This is extremely important work … There have been many occasions in my professional life when I’ve wished that a resource such as the one you’ve started had existed … I am a huge supporter of this project.”
Lee Koonce, Executive Director, Opus 118 Harlem Center for Strings
“All I can say is, hurry up, we need this NOW!”
Dr. Tanya L. Carey, Past President, Suzuki Association of the Americas
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