Date of Award
Doctor of Musical Arts
The National Association of Negro Musicians held its first meeting in Washington, D.C. during a music festival that took place at Dunbar High School from May 1-3, 1919. The first annual convention, whose purpose was the preservation, encouragement and advocacy of all genres of music by African-Americans, was held July 29-31, 1919, in Chicago, Illinois. During this meeting a scholarship contest was established and its first winner was Marian Anderson. My primary purpose of this research project is to introduce clarinetist to some of the contributions made by African-American composers to the clarinet literature by using the scholarship contest pieces. In addition to a short biography for each composer discussed in this treatise, a discussion of the composer's work will explain some of the performance issues such as avant-garde techniques, range, manuscript legibility, compositional techniques and other issues that the performer will face while learning the music. I also want to create a teaching curriculum consisting of established clarinet literature that will aid in the preparation of these works for the scholarship contest and allow the clarinetist to compare works between the established literature and works from African-American Composers.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Westmoreland, Michael Harold, "The National Association of Negro Musicians Scholarship Contest 1994 and 1999: A Preparation Guide for the Clarinet Category" (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 757.