Memoirs of Sylvia Olden Lee, Premier African-American Classical Vocal Coach Who is Sylvia

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This is the only autobiography of America’s first internationally renowned African-American classical vocal coach for concert, oratorio, and opera as well as a distinguished arranger and interpretive authority on Negro Spirituals. Mrs. Lee has been a pioneer in the musical field as the first African-American hired onto the staffs of the Metropolitan Opera and the Curtis Institute of Music. She worked with world-acclaimed singers Elisabeth Schumann, Paul Robeson, Dorothy Maynor, Lawrence Winters, Mattiwilda Dobbs, Jessye Norman, and Kathleen Battle. Her appearance on PBS TV with Kathleen Battle and Wynton Marsalis was a fascinating critical interaction between artists and teacher. She has been honored by the United Nations and the National Women’s Hall of Fame. With illustrations.


"The book is interesting in its own right, but Lee's integral role in black history makes this volume a valuable contribution to the annals of American music history." The Journal of Singing

"The memoir is a lively record of African-American classical musicians across the 20th century."Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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