Composers You Should Know: Margaret Bonds

Happy 103rd birthday to American pianist and composer Margaret Bonds! Born and raised in Chicago, Bonds showed an early aptitude for music and composition.  She pursued formal education in music, studying at Northwestern University and Juilliard.  She then sought composition lessons from Nadia Boulanger (who, reportedly, reviewed one of her works and felt that Bonds needed no further instruction and would not teach her). Bonds was actively involved in promoting the works of black classical composers, including being a member of the National Association of Negro Musicians, and forming the Margaret Bonds Chamber Society.  Her career is notable for her achievements as both…