Throughout my career at Emory, I have been grateful for the University’s support and interest in my activities both in the classroom and in the field of music making for the concert hall, the theater, film, and in recordings. I have had a rich and varied career and regard performance and musical composition as my research/scholarly/creative profile. I continue to be quite active on a variety of musical fronts as composer, performer, theatre artist, presenter, and lecturer.
Scholarly / Artistic Achievements
My work spans Theater, including Music Direction, Performance, and Creative Artistic Supervision; Film; Video; Composing; Music Performance and Recording; Interviews, Lectures, and Presentations on diverse themes; and numerous Publications.
In addition to my compositions for theatre and film, I have composed a number of chamber pieces and art songs. African American writers such as Mari Evans, Maya Angelou, and James Baldwin have especially informed my art songs. I have been recognized by my peers in composition by my invitation to teach composition at the Yale School of Music and my service on the Pulitzer Prize Committee for Music Composition on two separate occasions.
Original Music Scores
- Three Baldwin Poems for Soprano and Piano
- Labyrinth for SATB, Piano, Clarinet & Flute, Strings, and Mallet Percussion
- Through a Glass for Soprano, Soprano Saxophone, Piano, Cello, and Percussion
- This Train's Been Here and Gone (Bearden's Blues) for String Quartet (Movement 1)
- This Train's Been Here and Gone (Bearden's Blues) for String Quartet (Movement 2, Lullaby)
My work in theatre is primarily concerned with incorporating music into dramatic works. My responsibilities include a wide range of contributions depending on the requirements of the play and the production. My contributions range from providing original compositions and interstitial music for straight plays, working directly with the actors on musical segments within a dramatic work, and arranging pre-existing historical works to fit the historical detail of the play.
Music for Film
I serve as principal composer and music director for most of my film work. This work involves “spotting” the film with the director to determine where music goes and the character and nature of each music segment.
- Louise Thompson Patterson: In Her Own Words. Directed by Louis Massiah, 2002
- The Old Settler. Directed by Debbie Allen for KCET Television. Los Angeles, California, World Premiere on HBO, April 2001
- I’ll Make Me A World. Directed by Sam Pollard for PBS/ Blackside Films, 1999
- Homecoming. Directed by Charlene Gilbert, 1998
- Miss Evers’ Boys By David Feldshuh, Directed by Joseph Sargent, 1997
- The Piano Lesson - A Hallmark Television Movie. Directed by Lloyd Richards, 1995
- W. E. B. Dubois: A Biography in Four Voices. Produced by Louis Massiah for PBS, 1995
Review: “Videmus: Works by T. J. Anderson, David Baker, Donal Fox, and Olly Wilson.” Institute for the Studies in American Music Newsletter, Spring, 1993, Volume XXII, Number 2
"From Black to Blues: Toward a Blues Aesthetic," In The Blues Aesthetic: Black Culture and Modernism, ed. Richard Powell. Washington, D. C.: Washington Project for the Arts; Also reprinted in Journal of Black Sacred Music 6:1 (Spring 1992): 47- 54
American Studies: An Annotated Bibliography, published in 3 volumes. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1986. Author of "Jazz" section
Prospects, Volume 10, Part 2. Annual Bibliography. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1985, Author of "Jazz" section.