Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912): First Black composer performed by the BSO
William Grant Still (1895-1978)
African-American Night at the Pops: Featuring Black Composers and Artists
Anna Bobbitt Gardner, 1901-1997
Anna Bobbitt Gardner was the first Black woman to be awarded a Bachelor's degree from New England Conservatory in 1932. One of several music educators in a thriving Black classical music community in Boston, she founded the Academy of Musical Arts located at 1-3 Claremont Park in the South End, providing music education to hundreds of students. From 1944-1949, she sponsored and directed the African-American Night at the Pops.