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date: 15 November 2019

Brown [Isaacson], Elaine (i)locked

  • J. Michele Edwards


(b Ridgway, PA, March 10, 1910; d Philadelphia, PA, Sept 6, 1997). American conductor and music educator. She attended Bush Conservatory in Chicago (BME 1929), Westminster Choir College (BM 1934), and Temple University (MS in music education 1945); she also studied with nadia Boulanger (1951, 1969) and did private score study with julius Herford . Her teaching career began at Jefferson Junior High School in Jamestown, New York (1929–32), and continued intermittently at Westminster Choir College (1934, 1960–1, 1962 appointed director of choral activities but did not serve, 1970–71), Union Theological Seminary (1957–9), the Juilliard School of Music (1947–8), and particularly at Temple University (1940, 1942–7, 1948–56, 1975–81). Brown is best known for her work with Singing City, a community chorus which she founded in Philadelphia, with a mission that not only sought artistic excellence but also approached music making as a way to bring diverse people together regardless of race, religion, culture, or social status. The ensemble’s roots were in an interracial, interfaith community chorus led by Brown beginning in ...

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