Oral history interview with Bennie Williams.
|Title||Oral history interview with Bennie Williams.|
1999-07-10 - 1999-07-10
|Creator||Williams, Bennie, 1932-|
|Contributor||Jones, Arthur C.|
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Biography: Bennie Williams was born and educated in Marshall, Tex.
She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in piano from
Bishop College in Marshall, and a Master of Music Degree
in Choral Conducting and Piano from Indiana University at
Bloomington, Ill. She began her teaching career in Dallas,
Tex., and later moved to Denver, Colo. where she taught
vocal music at several schools including Hamilton and
Merrill Middle Schools and George Washington High School.
She was a recipient of an annual award given by the
National Association of Negro Musicians recognizing her
years of contribution to the musical education of young
people, and has served as co-director of the Spirituals
Project Choir. She retired from teaching in 1998.
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Interviewer: Arthur Jones. Conducted July 10, 1999, in Denver, Colo. Accompanied by digital transcript.
Bennie Williams recounts her early experiences of growing
up, and attending grade school, high school and college in
Marshall, Tex. She discusses how spirituals were an
integral part of the church she attended, but that it was
not until she was in college that she considered the
differences between hymns, spirituals and gospel. She
relates her experiences in teaching spirituals, from
directing high school choirs performing at the Black
Teachers Association meetings in Tex., to teaching in
Denver, Colo. public schools including George Washington
High School and Hamilton Middle School. She discusses the
issue of whether or not students can appreciate a
spiritual without knowing its historical content, and
believes that her students could relate to spirituals in
terms of their own personal experiences and the hope that
|Subject||Music teachers -- Denver (Colo.).|
African Americans -- Religion.
African Americans -- Music -- History and criticism.
Williams, Bennie, 1932-
Spirituals (Songs) -- History and criticism.
Sacred music -- History and criticism.
Transcript file: text/html
|Source||Audio cassette recording of oral history interview with Bennie Williams.|
|Publisher||University of Denver, Penrose Library.|
University of Denver
|Citation||Williams, Bennie, 1932-, "Oral history interview with Bennie Williams.," in Heritage West, Item #56092, http://heritagewest.coalliance.org/items/show/56092 (accessed May 25, 2013).|