Composers You Should Know: Undine Smith Moore

This week we remember the life and music of American composer and educator Undine Smith Moore (1904-1989).  Born in Jarratt, Virginia the granddaughter of slaves, she began to study piano at age seven.  After attending Fisk University she attended Juilliard on scholarship.  Her first career was in music education, as supervisor of music for the Goldsboro, North Carolina school system.  She went on to receive a Master of Arts in Teaching from Columbia University.  Smith Moore became a faculty member of Virginia State University in 1927 and remained on staff until 1972. Over her lifetime she wrote over 100 compositions, though…

Death of Rae Linda Brown, pioneering Florence Price Scholar

With great sadness, Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy mourns the passing of Dr. Rae Linda Brown, who died following a brief illness of sarcoma (a rare cancer of the connective tissue). A musicologist, professor, university administrator, and past President of the Society for American Music, we remember Dr. Brown especially for her groundbreaking scholarship on composer Florence Price. While a graduate student, Brown discovered some manuscripts of Florence Price’s music in the Yale University library.  Brown went on to complete her Ph.D. dissertation on Price, which was the first work of extensive scholarship on the composer.  Brown also authored a wide range of…