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African American Women Composers - Exhibit

Margaret Bonds

Margaret Allison Bonds began her musical training with her mother, Estella Bonds, and continued composition studies with Florence Price and William Dawson. She attended Northwestern University and the Juilliard School of Music. She was well-known as a pianist and teacher in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles, and collaborated with Langston Hughes on songs and musical theater. Her Credo for baritone, chorus and orchestra was performed by the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra under Zubin Mehta shortly after her death in 1972.


For a full list of her work, click HERE


Margaret Bonds is displayed in Case 1, Adams Library Level 3.



(at left) with the singer McHenry Boatwright (standing at left), Maya Angelou (standing at right), and others, c. 1960s.

(Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library.) via Oxford African American Studies Center

Compositions via RIC