MBC Team

The MBC team is comprised of experts in music performance, education, composition, and communication.

Rachel Barton Pine

Music Editor

Internationally-renowned concert violinist, Rachel Barton Pine, is the founder of the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation and its Music by Black Composers project.

Megan Hill, Ph.D.

Managing Editor

Dr. Megan Hill is an ethnomusicologist, educator, and managing editor for Music by Black Composers.

Mark Clague, Ph.D.

Chief Advisor

Dr. Clague is an Associate Professor of Musicology, American Culture, and African American Studies at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

David Bontemps


David Bontemps is an award-winning Haitian composer based in Montreal.

Leah Claiborne, B.M., M.M.

Contributing Writer

Leah Claiborne is currently working on her doctorate degree at the University of Michigan.

Danielle Taylor, B.M., B.A.

Contributing Writer

After completing her MM, Danielle plans to pursue her PhD in Music Education.

Carlos Simon, D.M.A.


Dr. Carlos Simon combines the influences of jazz, gospel, and neo-romanticism in his music.

Evan Ware, Ph.D.

Research Advisor

Dr. Evan Ware is composer, music theorist, educator, and music editor.

Ajay Mallya

Youth Advisor

Ajay Mallya began learning violin at age 3 and made his Carnegie Hall debut at age 12.

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