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…