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(1928-1994) Betty King has a rich and varied background in music. She received the B.M. in piano and the M.M. in composition from Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois. She later studied piano, organ, composition and voice at Oakland University, Glassboro College, and others. She taught at the University of Chicago Laboratory School, Roosevelt University, Dillard University (New Orleans, LA), and Wildwood High School (Wildwood, NJ). King pursued careers in composing and teaching and served as a choral conductor-clinician and lecturer in churches and universities. Her honors include a scholarship from the Chicago Umbrian Glee Club, awards from the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc., Outstanding Leaders in Elementary and Secondary Education, and The International Black Writers Conference. King served as president of the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. Her compositions include works for opera, oratorio, orchestra, choir, instrumental and solo voice and consist of a variety of subject matter though she favored sacred themes.

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