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If I Could Sing Like a Daughter of God

ROSALYN M. STORY traces the emergence of black classical singers to their musical origins in the church choirs of the South.

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Members of the Bethel AME Church Choir in Eastville, Virginia, 1982
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Not all great opera divas take root in such hothouses of high culture as New York, Vienna or Rome. Some take another path to success, coming from the smallest American towns buried deep in the piney w...

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Current Issue: September 2014 — VOL. 79, NO. 3