William Levi Dawson (composer)

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William Levi Dawson graduated at Tuskegee Institute and became a Professor and the director of the choir at the same institution, in 1931. He was called the “Dean of African-American Choral composers", for he arranged many Negro spirituals for choirs.
The Tuskegee Choir was invited by presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover. It ws the first African-American organization to appear at Constitution Hall, Washington DC (1946).
William L. Dawson directed also the Fisk University Choir.

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Discography

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Still: Symphony no. 2 "Song of a New Race" / Dawson: Negro Folk Symphony / Ellington: Harlem William Grant Still, William Levi Dawson, Duke Ellington; Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi 1
1997 The Spirituals of William L. Dawson William L. Dawson; The St. Olaf Choir, Anton Armstrong 1
2001 Ellington: Suite from "The River" / Harlem / Solitude / Dawson: Negro Folk Symphony Duke Ellington, William Levi Dawson; Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi 1
2007 Brahms: Serenade no. 1 / Dawson: Negro Folk Symphony Brahms, Dawson; Stokowski 1

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