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Fri, 04.22.1870

Lulu Vere Childers, Classic Vocalist born

Lulu Vere Childers

*The birth of Lulu Vere Childers in 1870 is celebrated on this date. She was an Black classic vocalist and educator.

She was born in Dry Ridge, KY. She studied voice at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she earned her B. A. degree in Music in 1896. She was a teacher at Knoxville College in that same year and joined the faculty of Howard University in 1905. She continued to perform, singing contralto in a 1908 concert organized by E. Azalia Hackley at the Philadelphia Academy of Music.

A close friend of Marian Anderson, she went on to become founder and director of the Howard University School of Music, 1909-1942. She accomplished major successes with the Howard Orchestra, Band, Choral Society, Women's Glee Club and Men's Glee Club. Lulu Vere Childers Hall is located in the Arts Building at Howard University.  Lulu Vere Childers died on March 6, 1946.

To Become a Professor


Dictionary of American Negro Biography,
by R. W. Logan & M. R. Winston;
Catalog of Officers and Graduates, by Oberlin College (1905)

A History of Three African American Women Who Made Important Contributions to Music Education Between 1903-1960 (thesis)
by D. R. Patterson.
Subjects: Education and Educators, Migration North, Musicians, Opera, Singers, Song Writers, Migration South 
Geographic Region: Dry Ridge, Grant County, Kentucky / Washington, D.C.

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