"You have to have encouragement. You can't have constantly a stream of disappointments, or discouragement... It's hard. You really do need this nourishment to succeed in life. You have to many times search it out. "
Dolores White was born in Chicago, Illinois. She attended Howard University for two years and transferred to Oberlin College Conservatory of Music where she received the Bachelor degree in piano performance. She completed her M.M. in piano performance and composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and was assistant professor of music at Cuyahoga Community College, Metro Campus, for much of her career. Centered in American and European classical elements, she fashions music that reaches into the rich resources of American traditions while also drawing on ethnic and international materials. Willis Music Company, Boston Music Company, Cuyahoga Community College Press, Southern Illinois University Press have published works of Dolores White and she is included in several of Helen Walker-Hill's books and publications on African American women. She is a member of ASCAP and has received many ASCAP awards. Also, she is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, American Music Center, OMTA, The International Alliance of Women in Music, Cleveland Oberlin Alumni Club, Center for Black Research, Chicago Music Association and NANM (National Association of Negro Musicians).
WHAT's mentioned in this episode:
- Lindblom Math & Science Academy in Chicago (formerly the Lindblom College Prep High School)
- Phillipa Schuyler (pianist)
- Natalie Hinderas (pianist)
- Howard University
- Oberlin Conservatory of Music
- Donald Erb (composition professor at the Cleveland Institute)
- Donald White (Dolores' husband and the first Black member of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra; he joined in 1957). Two videos below from Cleveland.com.
More Works by Dolores White
Crystal Gazing begins playing at 00:28. From the album 5 Distinguished African American Composers. Performed by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. Albany Records, 1998.
3 Movements for Two Violins, Viola and Cello: Mvt. 1 begins playing at 7:58. From the album "Telling Tales" - Music from the Cleveland Composers Guild. Cara Tweed and Alicia Koeli - violin; Jennifer Arnold - viola; Stephen Fang - cello.
2004 Capstone Records.
3 Movements for Two Violins, Viola and Cello: Mvt. 3 begins playing at 11:40. From the album "Telling Tales" - Music from the Cleveland Composers Guild. Cara Tweed and Alicia Koeli - violin; Jennifer Arnold - viola; Stephen Fang - cello.
2004 Capstone Records.
Rhythm of the Claves begins playing at 15:04. From the album Adderley & Holliday Piano Duo Project, featuring pianists Meisha Adderley and Stacey Holliday. Albany Records, 2012.
Give Birth to the Dream begins playing at 17:40 and plays again at the end of the episode, beginning at 27:33. It was a commission from the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra and was performed in 2004. Narrated by George Forbes, Cleveland City Council President. Conducted by John McLaughlin Williams. Text used is the poem On The Pulse Of Morning by Maya Angelou.