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date: 20 November 2019

Carter, Roland Marvinlocked

  • Joanna R. Smolko


(b Chattanooga, TN, May 4, 1942).

American conductor and composer. Roland Carter earned a BA in music education at Hampton University (formerly known as Hampton Institute), and an MA in music education at New York University, studying piano, choral music, and composition. He taught music at Hampton University from 1965 to 1989, directing its choir and chairing the music department. In 1989, he accepted a position at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, where he continues to teach and direct choral ensembles.

Carter is renowned for his promotion of African American choral music through his work as a composer, conductor, arranger, and publisher. As a member of the National Association of Negro Musicians (and president from 2003 to 2009), he has promoted the work of other African American musicians. His publishing company MAR-VEL publishes choral music, especially new arrangements of traditional spirituals. Carter himself has arranged many spirituals, as well as writing new choral compositions based on traditional texts, Biblical texts, and contemporary poetry, such as his ...

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