TELLING THE STORIES OF NEGLECTED
Margaret Bonds was a prodigious composer, pianist, and teacher born in Chicago in 1913. During high school she studied with Florence Price and William Dawson. By age 21, she had already completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance from Northwestern University. Her legacy includes being the first Black woman to solo with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, forging a lifelong artistic partnership with Langston Hughes, and having her final major work, Credo, performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1972. It is our goal to promote awareness of Margaret Bonds, her life, and her music beginning with the 2021-2022 season of ONEcomposer.