MUSIC AT HOWARD
The music program at Howard University has a rich history which may be traced to 1870, when a few courses were offered. In 1892, the program was organized as a stable department of the Normal School, and in 1914 it was established as an independent conservatory.
The School of Music (now Department of Music), under the dynamic leadership of Dean Warner Lawson, was admitted to membership in the National Association of Schools of Music in 1942, the first music program in the Washington area to gain such membership.
In January 1974, the School of Music was reorganized as a department in the College of Fine Arts. With the merger of the College of Fine Arts into the College of Arts and Sciences in August 1998, the Department of Music became one of three departments in the Division of Fine Arts—College of Arts and Sciences. Watch the 2014 Division of Fine Arts video.
The Department celebrated its centennial in 2014.
Since its founding in 1886 the Friday Morning Music Club has worked actively to enhance Washington's musical life. Free recitals are held at noon from October through May in the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, 1201-17th Street, NW. There are also monthly concerts presented at the Strathmore Arts Center (MD), Ellipse Arts Center (VA), and an early music series at historic Dumbarton House (DC) and at the Collington Auditorium (MD). The organization, which has its own orchestra and chorale, supports a concerts-in-schools program, competitions for high school music students, coaching sessions with artist-teachers, and provides music in nursing homes and hospitals. The Friday Morning Music Club Foundation sponsors the annual Washington International Competition and the Triennial Johanson International Competition for Young String Players, ages 13-17.
The Singers' Project is an endeavor to present Opera Singers who have already secured their places in the annals of history resulting from their stellar internationally acclaimed careers. These singers, by far, occupy a well-deserved place of recognition as highlighted by their own unique styles, perseverance and God-given talents. Through the vehicles of master class presentations, concerts and forums, The Singers' Project strives to present not only to aspiring young artists, but the community-at-large the opportunity to come and "sit at the feet" of a Master who not only stayed the course in the sometimes difficult world of Opera, but blazed an unforgettable trail for other artists who dare to believe in their God-given talents. Simon Estes and George Shirley are among the luminaries presented by The Singers' Project.