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date: 12 July 2020

Maynor [Mainor], Dorothy Leigh locked

  • Max de Schauensee
  • , revised by Karen M. Bryan

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(b Norfolk, VA, Sept 3, 1910; d West Chester, PA, Feb 19, 1996). American soprano. She received her high school and college education at Hampton Institute, serving as soloist and touring with the choir. She later attended the Westminster Choir College (choral conducting, 1935), and studied in New York with William Klamroth and John Alan Haughton. During the 1939 Berkshire Festival at Tanglewood, she sang for Koussevitzky and was subsequently offered recording engagements with the Boston SO under his direction. She made her formal New York debut at Town Hall on 19 November 1939 and at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic in January 1940. She toured extensively in the 1940s and 50s, concertizing in the United States and abroad. Her repertory centered on art song, opera arias, and spiritual arrangements by R. Nathaniel Dett (who had first given her solos at Hampton). While she sang many operatic arias (and recorded Leonore in ...

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