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Contemporary African American Composers,
Diverse Voices, New Music



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Important Update for 2019-20 Season

The Black Composers Resource
showcases have mulitple benefits
 in which two are primary 

  • Education and Advocacy of  the extraordinary world of music composed by Contemporary African American composers that is dramatically under represented in Subscription Concert and Festival programming
  • As a demonstration showcase for retaining Bill Doggett as a programming consultant/curator 

The page represents hard earned relationships and trust with a number of composers,  several of whom I have represented.    

This showcase includes several loaned private recordings of premiere public performances not available elsewhere.

Contact Bill Doggett  to assist your Diversity inclusion special events project management and curating of music programming

From 2016 Photo Essay:History Interactions, by Bill Doggett, photographer
What have Black Composers said about Bill Doggett

Anthony Davis- "Bill Doggett is a tireless champion for African American composers. His persistence and insight have opened doors for all of us and he continues to challenge the bias and prejudice so prevalent in today's America." {Composer of X, Amistad}

Adolphus Hailstork- re: Black Composers- Shout For Joy showcase " Hopefully Shout makes a contribution. But what you are doing sets the standard."

Richard Thompson-"Bill Doggett is extremely knowledgeable about classical music and understands strategy and marketing like no one I've met before"
Shawn Okpebholo- “One of the most rewarding aspects of being a composer is having noted artists in the field champion my music. Bill Doggett—a creative whose life’s work is committed to the preservation and promotion of music by American-American composers—does just that. He has creatively used some of my re-imaginations of Negro spirituals in his lectures, a film, and on his website, providing some extra exposure of my art.”

Roy Jennings-"Although my association with Bill Doggett is relatively recent, it has had productive and long range consequences."

Willie Ellebie-  Music Theory student of composer Adolphus Hailstork  re: Richard Thompson's Art Song "Dawn" performed by Leberta Loral-
"Excellent music and beautiful voice. I need to find out more about the singer and composer.  Thanks for pointing me in the right direction to discover and enjoy the rich musical treasures of black classical composers.
Congratulations, you are doing a great work on the behalf of black classical musicians."


Contact Bill Doggett  to assist your Diversity inclusion special events project management


Contemporary African American composers are diverse in their respective accomplishments and collectively represent a brilliant mosaic of exceptional music.
Their compositions are rooted in and influenced by a great history of mid 20th Century African American composers who preceded them: William Grant Still, William Dawson, Ulysses Kay, Margaret Bonds, Florence Price, Undine Smith Moore among others.
Jazz and African poly rhythmic influences showcased in the short and extended symphonic works of Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk are also part of the critical  fabric of inspiration.
These diverse and rich influences brought to the table of American Music Schools with a pedadogical and compositional focus on post War late Neo Classicism and  Twelve Tone worlds of Igor Stravinsky, Arnold Schoenberg, Elliott Carter and Pierre Boulez*  informed the formal sources of compositional influence of  many contemporary African American composers. * Agon, Requiem Canticles, Variations for Orchestra  and Le Marteau sans Maitre.
This page is dedicated to showcase a sample of exceptional African American composers of the late 20th Century and present day. 
The music is diversely rich and speaks with incredible poignance.

The repertoire which I have meticulously chosen and programed is done with intention of showcasing programming and commission opportunities for conductors, Artistic Administrators of Symphony Orchestras, Opera Houses and Festivals. 

This page showcases outstanding New music that adds value to Creative Place Making -a concept in The Performing Arts  of value added communal spaces of belonging such as at Concert Halls where multi tiered shared experiences and pride in those experiences take root and blossom akin to a Community Garden  in which all are welcomed to participate, help grow, sustain and to share in the harvest. 

Creative Placing Making....why is it important to the future of The Performing Arts?  

What does a commitment to diversity in the music performed, the guest artists featured  have to do with the events in Baltimore, Ferguson, New York , Charleston and Chicago?  
Why does diversity even matter in The Classical Performing Arts?

 After all, let's be real, there are no Black or Hispanic people active in Classical Music....   I have never seen a Black or Hispanic Guest Soloist in a Symphony Concert and certainly not a Black Conductor.....   I mean ..... Blacks and Hispanics are only into  Gangster Rap and Hip Hop....  right?   

Who ever heard of a Black Composer anyway .  After all, Composers of Classical Music are only White men....  Blacks really have nothing to offer outside of that troubled ex slave named Joe who sings Old Man River in Showboat or as the dysfunctional drug addicted people of Catfish Row from Porgy and Bess........ just like those rioters on CNN in Baltimore, Milwaukee, Ferguson,Chicago....and Los Angeles 25 years ago
1992 Los Angeles Rodney King LAPD  Iconic video
I am honored to have represented  world renowned composer, Anthony Davis during 2013 with continuing dialogue in 2019, Richard Thompson 2012-15 and 2019 Roy Jennings during 2015 and consultative dialogue with newer generation composers including Trevor Weston, Kerwin Young and others from 2012 through the present day.

For additional music by African American Composers visit:
For a discussion of the controversies and obstacles of 
"Composing while Black "
for African American Composers  visit:

In Memoriam

Banner image: Courtesy @Chicago Sinfonietta

The Drum Major For African Americans in The Classical Performing Arts:The Late Conductor and Champion of Contemporary Black Composers' Music, PAUL FREEMAN.   

Founder of The Chicago Sinfonietta, Paul Freeman was one of the most influential musicians of color in the past 40 years to advocate for and make possible important new opportunities  for musicians and composers of color .   
Paul Freeman ushered in an awareness and provided a critical agency for the place of African Americans in the world of Contemporary American Classical Music.

The 1970s  Black Composers' Series on Columbia Records which showcased 400 years of the music of composers of The African Diaspora is one of  Paul Freeman's  important legacies.
 Rest In Peace, Drum Major Paul Freeman....  transitioned this week July 2015

Announcement for December 1st, 2018

Sony Classical  has announced they are finally releasing for the first time and remastered on CD their acclaimed Black Composers Series from the 1970's. The set provided the opportunity for many listeners to hear for the first time music written by such great black composers as Jose Mauricio Nunes-Garcia, Jose White, David Baker and George Theophilus Walker and the greatness and lasting legacy of the music, many works of which are conducted by Paul Freeman.

The 9 disc CD set is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Composers in the set include

Olly Woodrow Wilson 
Chevalier de Saint-Georges 
Thomas Jefferson Anderson 
William Grant Still 
Talib Rasul Hakim
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor 
Adolphus Hailstork 
Ulysses Simpson Kay 
Hale Smith 
George Theophilus Walker 
Roque Cordero 
Jose Mauricio Nunes-Garcia 
Jose White 
David Baker 

The original 1970s Lp issue on Columbia Records

In Memoriam, George Walker

Dean of African American Composers

June 27, 1922- August 23, 2018 

A Personal Rememberance

George Walker October 2013 at Inaugural Colours of Music Festival,Photo:Bill Doggett Left to Right: Robert Laws,soprano, Daniel Washington, Bass Baritone, Lee Pringle Festival Founder and George Walker
It is with sadness that I share the News of the passing of our friend, George Walker, the Dean of African American Composers on Thursday, August 23rd at his home in Montclair, New Jersey at age 96.

National Public Radio {NPR} did a wonderful Tribute to him below

Additonally, please enjoy this poignant interview Tribute by his son, violinist, Gregory Walker

George and I met in October 2013 at the inaugural Festival of The Colours of Music in Charleston North Carolina.
Since then we became friends and corresponded regarding opportunities for his music to be performed by The Los Angeles Philharmonic and other leading orchestras.   

For his 95th birthday on June 22nd, 2017, I gifted him a Town Hall program from 1946 that had a large display ad announcing his Premiere recital as a Classical pianist.  I will never forget his astonishment at my gift {image below]

Rest in Peace, beloved Dean of African American Composers

In Fond Rememberance, Bill Doggett

George Walker-Lyric for Strings
In Memoriam, 1922-2018
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From The Bill Doggett Race, Early Sound Performing Arts Archive

Black Composers Music
Premiere recordings 1915-40

Historic Tributes to Blackness in Recorded Sound
in The Bill Doggett Race and Early Sound
Performing Arts/Politics Archive

the rare WW2 Paper sleeve edition     

 Breaking News

May 13, 2019
University of California, San Diego

THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, an opera by Anthony Davis

In the inaugural Arts and Community Engagement Catalyst Conversations on May 13, this one-night-only program features excerpts from the new opera “The Central Park Five” in a working-rehearsal format and chat with composer Anthony Davis, Long Beach Opera Artistic and General Director and cast.

           Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration
March 30th, 2019
Carnegie Hall

Alicia Hall Moran, Isabel Wilkerson, Jason Moran

The Art of Roy Jennings
An Exquisite Bouquet of Song
Columbia University
March 26, 2019

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.
The Chicago Sinfonietta

Celebrating 10 Years
The African American Composers Initiative

January 26-27, 2019

Palo Alto, California

A Celebration of William Grant Still

February 15-17, 2019

A World Premiere Commission by
The LA Philharmonic for its Centennial Season
Still Holding On by Adolphus Hailstork

All Photographs by Bill Doggett@2019 Bill Doggett Productions
Guest Pianist, Aaron Diehl, Conductor, Thomas Wilkins, LA Mayor's Office and Composer, Adolphus Hailstork

 Race, Opera and Community

A Series of Conversations 
Long Beach Opera
An Opera Season focused in
Social Justice

March , April and June  2019

African American Network
of  The Chicago Symphony Orchestra

World Premiere Release
Marketing the pre release and release of
The Mask in The Mirror
by Richard Thompson

To purchase The Mask in The Mirror, click on link below


 Detroit Symphony Orchestra, 
Ear Shot   March 2019

Showcasing emerging African Amerian composers

The Political World of Anthony Davis Opera

April 3, 2019
University of California, San Diego

Presented by UC San Diego Music
9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, California 92093

The Central Park Five-A World Premiere
Long Beach Opera
June 2019

Anthony Davis' landmark opera, 
X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X
(1986) New York City Opera Premiered

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From Bill Doggett Photographer's "History Interactions" 
Photo Essay Exhibition, San Francisco 2017

Featured are works by Alvin Singleton, Olly Wilson,Anthony Davis, Adolphus Hailstork, Jeffrey Mumford, Billy Childs, Bill Banfield, George Walker, Trevor Weston, Jonathan Bailey Holland, Ulysses Kay, Julius Williams, Gary Nash, Quinn Mason, Kerwin Young and Renee Baker
The Art Songs of  H Leslie Adams, Richard Thompson, Valerie Capers and George Walker

Iconic Spirituals adapted by Shawn Okpebholo and Damien Sneed, classic arrangements sung by Florence Quivar and finally the well regarded 1980s arrangements of Moses Hogan with The Moses Hogan Chorale featuring Barbara Hendricks

Chamber Music by Dorothy Rudd Moore, T J Anderson, Chad Hughes, David T Baker, Alvin Baptiste, Mark Lomax II, Anthony Green, Tania Leon

Choral Music by Adolphus Hailstork, James Newton, Tania Leon 

Piano Music by African Composer, Joshua Ozogiwe , Margaret Bonds , Adolphus Hailstork ,Trevor Weston and George Walker  

Opera: The political operas of Anthony Davis, X, The Life and Times of  Malcolm X and Amistad, The Slave Ship Opera

Joel Thompson's prize winning  
The Seven Last Words of The Unarmed

The African American Art Song Alliance
20th Anniversary Conference
February 10th 2017
Claire Trevor School of Performing Arts, Winifred Recital Hall
University of California, Irvine
generously supported by Thomas Hampson 
and The Hampsong Foundation

The Art Songs of Adolphus Hailstork, Betty Jackson King, Richard Thompson, Gregory Walker, Roy Jennings
Performed by
Roderick George
Minnita Daniel-Cox
Daniel Washington
Leberta Loral
Louise Toppin
Washington Issacs Holmes
Darryl Taylor
H Roz Moll

Music as an Inter generational Story Teller
The People Could Fly
Trevor Weston
The People Could Fly
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Slave Songs Of The United States
Above are new settings of "Slave Songs" now known as Spirituals


August 2019 is the 400th Anniversary 
of the arrival of the first slave ship of Africans to America

ENTER: Anthony Davis'  Slave Ship opera, Amistad and the landmark opera of 1986: X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X
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A Project of Sphinx Music Corporation

Music of  Cuba/Haiti/Brazil and Africa
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