Wesley Howard

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Wesley Howard
Wesley J. Howard.jpg
Studio portrait of Wesley Howard from 1921
BornFebruary 1, 1892
Occupationprofessor, classical musician

Wesley Isaac Howard (February 1, 1892 - 1962) was a violinist and professor in charge of the violin and ensemble departments at the Howard University Conservatory of Music from 1921-1927.[1][2]

Howard attended the New England Conservatory of Music, graduating in 1916.[3] He was an assistant band leader in the 809th Pioneer Infantry in World War One.[4][5] He returned to study abroad in 1921 and received a certificate of commendation from Maurice Hayot at École Normale de Musique de Paris.[2]

He played for five years in two different white symphony orchestras and managed the orchestra at the Hampton Institute.[4]:384–385 He was awarded a Wanamaker Music Contest prize in 1927 and played with Roland Hayes for several seasons.[4]:274[6]

Personal life[edit]

Howard was born in Springfield, Ohio to Preston Howard and Mary Thomas.[7] He moved to Richmond, Indiana when he was six years old.[8] He married Harriet Nelson in 1920.[7]


  1. ^ Dyson, Walter (1941). Howard University, the capstone of negro education : a history. Washington, D.C.: Graduate School, Howard University. p. 135. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Howard, Wesley". Digital Library of Georgia. 1921-07-25. Retrieved 2019-01-22.
  3. ^ The Crisis. The Crisis Publishing Company, Inc. November 1916. p. 28. Retrieved 2019-01-22.
  4. ^ a b c Cuney-Hare, Maud (1936). NEGRO MUSICIANS AND THEIR MUSIC. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  5. ^ Lefferts, PM. "Black US Army Bands and Their Bandmasters in World War I". DigitalCommons@University of Nebraska - Lincoln. University of Nebraska. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Letter from Wesley Howard to Augustus Granville Dill, April 30, 1925". W. E. B. Du Bois Papers. Special Collections and University Archives University of Massachusetts Amherst. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013". FamilySearch. Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Violinist will play at benefit". The Richmond palladium and sun-telegram. (Vol 42 No. 32). December 19, 1916. Retrieved 22 January 2019.