William Sterling

Florence Price

Florence Price – Composer and Pioneer

A child prodigy making her concert debut at 4, the same age as Mozart, Florence Price graduated with 2 diplomas at the age of 19. She was a professional organist, concert pianist and teacher, heading the music department at Clark University, Georgia at 23. Of her 300 compositions her E minor Symphony won the Wanamaker Prize in 1932 and was the first symphony by a Black Woman to be given a professional performance.

I gave a talk on her to the DfE Music Society in January 2005 and plan to run a course at the City Lit in the near future.