Alvin Singleton

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Alvin Singleton (born December 28, 1940; Brooklyn, New York) is a composer from the United States. Born and raised in New York City, he received his music education from New York University (B.A.), studying with Hall Overton and Charles Wuorinen, and the Yale School of Music (M.M.), studying with Yehudi Wyner and Mel Powell. With Fulbright Scholarships, he studied at the Saint Cecilia Academy in Rome with Goffredo Petrassi. From 1971 to 1985 he lived in Europe, and then he returned to the United States after being appointed as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra resident composer, and served in that position from 1985-1988. He served as a resident artist at Spelman College in Atlanta. He was also a Rockefeller Foundation grantee in a series entitled "Meet the Composer."

List of compositions[edit]

A complete list of published compositions can be found on Alvin Singleton's website.

  • A Yellow Rose Petal (1982)
  • Shadows (1987)
  • PraiseMaker (1998)
  • BluesKonzert (1995)
  • Between Sisters (1990)
  • Dream Sequence '76 (opera) (1976)
  • After Fallen Crumbs (1987)
  • Prayer (2016)


  • Southern, Eileen. The Music of Black Americans: A History. W. W. Norton & Company; 3rd edition. ISBN 0-393-97141-4
  • Alvin Singleton: Bio. Alvin Singleton. Accessed June 2, 2022.
  • Alvin Singleton: Works. Accessed June 1, 2022.
  • "Interview with Alvin Singleton". DO THE M@TH. 2016-09-30. Retrieved 2022-06-03.
  • "Darmstadt On Air #20: Singleton in Darmstadt Again". Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt. Retrieved 2022-06-03.
  • Wyatt, Lucius, and Alvin Singleton. “Alvin Singleton, Composer.” The Black Perspective in Music 11, no. 2 (1983): 178.

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