Rae-Myra Hilliard, Devotee of Classical Music

Rae-Myra Hilliard is a devotee of classical music. Her Queens of Composition: Excellence in the Music of Black American Women project is an outstanding contribution to music history. Learn about Rae-Myra’s journey as an Oberlin College classically trained singer. If you’re looking for unique programming celebrating Black History, don’t miss this! Great information!

Rae-Myra’s Suggested Collections and Texts  


44 Art Songs and Spirituals by Florence B. Price. Richard Heard, editor. (Classical Vocal  Reprints) 

Songs and Spirituals Volume 1 by Jacqueline B. Hairston (Classical Vocal Reprints) Anthology of Art Songs by Black American Composers. Compiled by Willis C. Patterson 

Second Anthology of Art Songs by Black American Composers. Compiled and edited by Willis  C. Patterson (Videmus.org) 

Art Songs & Spirituals by African-American Women Composers. Vivian Taylor, editor.  (Classical Vocal Reprints) 

The New Negro Spiritual. Compiled and edited by Willis C. Patterson (Videmus.org) 

Rediscovering Margaret Bonds: Art Songs, Spirituals, Musical Theatre and Popular Songs.  Louise Toppin, editor. (Videmus.org) 


Songs and Spirituals: The Life and Music of Jacqueline Hairston. Phillip Harris. 

The Art of the Spiritual: Enhancing Performance of the Concert Spiritual. C. Susheel Bibbs 

The Heart of a Woman: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price. Rae Linda Brown

Listening list:

To My Little Son

Hold Fast to Dreams


At the Feet o’ Jesus 

Travel’s End 

Love let the wind cry…. 

I Want to die while you Love me 

Come Down, Angels 

Watch and Pray 

Daniel, Daniel, Servant of the Lord 

He’ Got the Whole World in His Hands 

Stopping By Woods 

Lord I just Can’t Keep from Cryin’ 

Three Dream Portraits 

Summer Song from Songs of the Season 

Poeme d’Automne from Songs of the Season 

Lena McLin – McLin’s short speech 

Call Jesus 

Wait ‘til I put on my crown 

Hold out your light 

On Consciousness Streams 

Guide My Feet 

Lord. I’ll Go 

My Good Lord Done Been Here 

God is a God (about 30 seconds in) 

Farmchild’s Lullaby 

Caper’s explanation on Song of the Seasons 

Song of the Seasons 


Regina Harris Baiocchi on Florence Price 


Hold Out for Joy 

Cracking the Canon….(Samantha Ege, Regina Harris Baiocchi, Dolores White) 

Hurston Songs 

About gretapope

Dr. Greta Pope has enjoyed a three decade career as an in-demand entertainer for corporate events, as well as public and private events of all types. She has performed throughout Europe, the Far East, South America and the Caribbean, as well as in the United States and Canada. Dr. Pope is a published author. Her book is entitled Music, Money & You; Managing the Business. It is used in the Chicago Public Schools and is available at booksellers nationwide. Dr. Pope is President/CEO of Greta Pope Entertainment, Inc. since January 1991. The company is in the business of Entertainment Production, Publishing, Recording and Educating. Greta Pope Entertainment products include the shows Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, American Songbook, American Jazz in Paris and International Intourlude. The most recent Greta Pope Entertainment, Inc. production is the very popular MOTOWN...Pride of the Motor City! show. For more info visit www.gretapope.com Dr. Greta Pope is the founder of the PrivateMusicStudio.net, where she offers Business Education products for Singers, including Business Courses, Business Consultations, Voice Lessons and Piano Lessons. She also hosts The Business Savvy Singer Podcast. For more information or to join the "tribe" of Business Savvy Singers, visit www.privatemusicstudio.net
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