Nkeiru Okoye

Nkeiru Okoye was born in New York (1972), and growing up, frequently visited her father’s native Nigeria.  She won a song-writing competition at age 13, and decided to study composition seriously.   She received degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory (BA) and Rutgers University (MA and Ph.D.). I got to know Okoye’s music through her work The Journey of Phillis Wheatley, for narrator and orchestra.  It was commissioned and performed by the Landmarks Orchestra of Boston, and recorded by the Moscow Symphony, led by the Landmarks Orchestra’s late founder and director Charles Ansbacher. A narrator represents Phillis Wheatley, and different themes and…

Opening Night at the Boston Symphony

—  Hey, I haven’t worn a sandwich-board since the VPO protest of 1999!  A lot of fun! My sign reads: BSO, why are women composers excluded? 2011-2012: 70 pieces by 32 composers— ALL of them MEN. Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy www.wophil.org Sign our mailing list! And I handed out a flier (200 of ’em!).  It’s amazing how some people look right through you when you are trying to hand them something. Others were, of course, full of interest and enthusiasm! I met some very kind people! And I met BSO artistic administrator Tony Fogg, who I had written back when I…