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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Music Composer
Pianist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Rust Orange
Favorite Food:
Soul Food, Japanese
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cuba, Africa, Europe
Favorite Quote:
None

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Music Composer
Pianist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Rust Orange
Favorite Food:
Soul Food, Japanese
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cuba, Africa, Europe
Favorite Quote:
None
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Biography

Composer and pianist Dolores White is a native of Chicago, Illinois. White received her bachelors of music degree in piano from Oberlin College Conservatory, and her masters of music degree in piano and composition from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where her teachers included Ruth Edwards, Donald Erb, and Eugene O’Brien. White completed additional studies with James Friskin of the Juilliard School of Music; at Howard University with Cecil Cohen; at Columbia Teachers’ College with Robert Pace; and at Ohio State University with Thomas Wells.

White held positions at several colleges, universities, and arts organizations, including Wooster College; Hartt School of Music; Cleveland Music School; Karamu House; and the Metropolitan Campus of Cuyahoga Community College, where she served as assistant professor of music. Since her retirement from teaching in 2000, White has continued to compose vocal and instrumental works.

White is the recipient of commissions and grants from the American Society of Composers; the Bascom Little Foundation; Wooster College for the Arts; Cleveland Chamber Symphony; University of Akron Percussion Ensemble; Cleveland Women’s Symphony Orchestra; Cleveland Composers Guild; and the National Women’s Conference of the University of Akron. White was honored by the American Women’s Heritage Society and was selected by the YWCA as a Professional Woman of Achievement in Ohio. Ludwig Music Publishing Company and Boston Music Company publish White's works. In addition to composing, White has conducted numerous workshops and lectures on such topics as women in music, Afro-Cuban music and dance, and African American arts.

Dolores White and her husband, cellist Donald White, raised two children: Diana and Darrow.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dolores White's Interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dolores White lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dolores White describes her parents' background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dolores White describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dolores White describes her early childhood memories of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dolores White describes the theatre, music and dance scenes of her childhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dolores White describes her childhood church and elementary and high schools in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dolores White remembers her participation in the orchestra at Robert Lindblom Technical High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dolores White talks about the reluctance among middle-class African Americans to embrace blues and jazz in their heyday
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dolores White remembers the professional and educational achievements of her maternal grandfather and her mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dolores White remembers her early aspiration to be a musician
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dolores White describes attending Howard University in Washington, D.C. and Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dolores White describes holiday festivities in Chicago, Illinois with her family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dolores White describes her stepfather, Cornelius W. Johnson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dolores White recalls her paternal aunt running off with Quincy Jones' father to Seattle, Washington
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dolores White recalls the subtle segregation at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dolores White reflects upon the strong musical department and successful musician graduates of Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dolores White describes the junior and senior recitals at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dolores White recounts meeting and marrying her husband, HistoryMaker Donald White
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dolores White remembers teaching at Hartt College in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dolores White recalls her early years of motherhood and teaching career in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dolores White talks about her husband's, HistoryMaker Donald White, accomplishments in the Cleveland Orchestra in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dolores White talks about performing at the Cleveland Music School Settlement and teaching at Karamu House in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dolores White describes theater performances she enjoyed at Karamu House in Cleveland, Ohio and her love of art
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dolores White talks about pursuing her master's degree in composition at Cleveland Institute of Music in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dolores White reflects upon her broad exposure to music while studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music in Cleveland, Ohio in the 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Dolores White talks about her children, Darrow White and Diana White Gould
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dolores White describes how she advanced in her career studying at Cleveland Institute of Music and teaching at Cuyahoga Community College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dolores White reflects upon her experiences teaching music part-time at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dolores White recalls teaching African American music classes at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dolores White recalls teaching HistoryMaker Bernice Johnson Reagon's gospel series at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dolores White explains how she developed the curriculum for her African American music classes
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dolores White talks about the development of ethno-musicology as an academic field
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dolores White reflects upon the struggles to make music courses more inclusive and for African Americans to advance in academia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dolores White reflects upon the evolution of music education and music history in the United States
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dolores White describes teaching at College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio and Kent State University at Geauga in Burton, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dolores White talks about her inspirations for composing music
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dolores White talks about how music can represent the sounds of an era
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dolores White talks about technological innovations in music composition
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dolores White describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dolores White reflects upon her legacy