Dr. Willis Patterson (left) and John Malveaux (right)
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Dr. Willis Patterson has concertized extensively in the U.S. and Europe and has appeared as bass soloist with major American orchestras. He is professsor emeritus of voice at University of Michigan. Dr. Patterson has made an immeasurable contribution to vocal art music as author of the first and second ANTHOLOGY of Art Songs by Black American Composers. Generally, i can make an accurate determination about one's knowledge of African American contributions in classical music by their awareness of Dr. Patterson's two books. See http://www.artsongupdate.org/Articles/WillisPatterson.htm
Dr. Patterson and I briefly chatted before the National Association of Negro Musicans Gala Award Banquet on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Dr. Patterson also introduced me to his wife, Frankie Bouyer Patterson, who is from Opelouses/ Plaisance area of Louisiana as many of the Malveaux family. Mrs. Patterson was suprised to receive the previously unannounced last award of the evening for SERVICE.