Response (voice and piano)

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Paul Laurence Dunbar, Response

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(1922-2018) George Theophilus Walker was born in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Oberlin College with highest honors with a major in piano and minor in organ. He was the first African American graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. He made his New York debut as a pianist in Town Hall. Walker was the first African American to earn a doctoral degree from the Eastman School of Music. He studied composition with Nadia Boulanger. Walker taught at the Dalcroze School of Music, the New School for Social Sciences, Smith College, the University of Colorado, the Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University, the University of Delaware, and Rutgers University, where he retired as professor eEmeritus in 1992. He published over 70 works and in 1996 became the first African American recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in music for his composition Lilacs (1996). He was admitted to the Oberlin Conservatory that same year to study piano with David Moyer and organ with Arthur Poister.