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Claflin University Awarded Humanities Council of S.C. Grant to Lecture on State’s African-American Composers

Nov 15, 2012

The Humanities Council of South Carolina has awarded Claflin University an $8,000 grant to start a lecture series on the state’s African-American composers and perform their works.

“This lecture series will document and examine the critical contributions of African-American composers from South Carolina.  We hope this will expose our audience to the genre of classical music through interactive lectures and recitals,” said Dr. Eunjung Choi, primary principal investigator and assistant professor of piano.

Dr. Laura Keith, co-principal investigator and assistant professor of music, says the Promoting SC African-American Composers’ Classical Music grant will allow the University to host three lectures held by Claflin professors and invite musicians and students to perform the works of the composers.  The composers themselves Choi says the lecture/performance series will start in January.

The following African-American composers will be highlighted:

Dr. John Lane

Lane is the associate vice president for academic affairs at Allen University, where he was formerly the coordinator for their Department of Music.  He also taught at Wheaton College in Illinois.  He received degrees from the University of South Carolina and Harvard University, in addition to studying in Vienna, Aspen, Greece and Turkey.  He has performed with orchestras in Chicago, Europe, South America and Canada.

Dr. Cederic Adderly

Adderley is currently the dean of the college and professor of music at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.  He was previously associate vice president for academic affairs at Claflin.  He has won the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s annual composer search for the top symphony and also captured the Composer of the Year Award for South Carolina.  He has performed all over the nation and world and with legends such as Ray Charles, Olivia Newton-John and Louie Bellson.  Adderley holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of South Carolina. 

Dr. Trevor Weston

Weston is an associate professor of music at Drew University in Madison, N.J.   As a Ph.D. student at the University of California-Berkley he was awarded the lauded George Ladd Prix de Paris fellowship, which allowed him to live and compose music in Paris.   He has performed in New York, France, Canada, Hungary and The Netherlands, among many other locations.   In 2003, he was the recipient of the prestigious Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.   He has taught at Wabash College and the College of Charleston.

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