Classical Music from Africa and the African Diaspora

MBC Team

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

Rachel Barton Pine

Executive Editor & 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 E. Hill, Ph.D.

Managing Editor, Head Researcher & Writer

Dr. Megan E. Hill is an ethnomusicologist, educator, writer, editor, and project manager. 

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.

Eden Esters Brown, B.A., M.M.

Bologne Keyboard Series Editor & Writer

Eden Esters Brown is a doctoral student in Music Education and Piano Pedagogy at Louisiana State University.

Douglas Jurs, D.M.A.

Bologne Keyboard Series Editor & Writer

Dr. Douglas Jurs is Associate Professor of Music (Piano and Piano Pedagogy) at Elon University in North Carolina..

Tiffany Ng, Ph.D.

Carillon Series Editor, Writer, & Arranger

Dr. Tiffany Ng is Assistant Professor of Carillon and University Carillonist at the University of Michigan.

David Bontemps


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

Tré Bryant


Tré Bryant is a composer, arranger, orchestrator, music theorist, and violist.

Leah Claiborne, D.M.A.

Contributing Writer

Dr. Leah Claiborne is a pianist, scholar, and educator, and she is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of the District of Columbia.

David McNair, Ph.D.

Contributing Writer

Dr. David McNair is an educator, music theorist, composer, performer, arranger, and music engraver.

Carlos Simon, D.M.A.


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

yelley taylor, B.M., B.A., M.M.

Contributing Writer

yelley is a violinist, violist, writer, performer, and teacher who plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Music Education.

Evan Ware, Ph.D.

Research Advisor

Dr. Evan Ware is composer, music theorist, educator, music editor, and Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Cal Poly Pomona.

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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