Baritone Anthony E. Philpott has enjoyed a varied career in music. As a soloist, he has performed in opera, musical theater, oratorio, and recital. As a chorister, he has performed with various ensembles, including five seasons with the Spiritual Renaissance Singers of Greensboro (NC). In 2021, he was among the winners of the Art Song and Vocal Chamber Music Call for Scores by Calliope's Call. An independent music researcher, archivist, and lecturer, he has presented at New York’s legendary Town Hall, and the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum, formerly the historic Palmer Memorial Institute in Sedalia, NC. His musical training began in his hometown of St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. at the University of the Virgin Islands. He is a Music Performance graduate of North Carolina A&T State University.
Forthcoming is his book, “A Hall for All: Black Classical Musicians at the Town Hall,” which traces the rise to prominence of Black classical musicians, as revealed through their performances at this historic New York venue. Currently, he serves as Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, and is President of the Carol Brice Music Association, North Carolina’s state-wide branch of the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc.
Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands
This documentary, directed by Emmy- and Peabody Award-winner Rita Coburn, explores the life, career, art and legacy of the African American contralto and civil rights pioneer in her own words using archival interview recordings. Marian Anderson’s singing and speaking voice are heard throughout the documentary, providing new understanding of the woman behind the music.
"I, Too, Sing America" Concert Series
Calliope’s Call is an arts organization dedicated to creating exciting and culturally relevant performances of art song. Their summer concert series, “I, too, sing America,” consists of musical settings of texts by Black poets. In celebration of the Black experience in America and in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, this program will give voice to under-represented perspectives during a time when these voices need to be heard.
A Hall for All: Black Classical Musicians at the Town Hall
This book surveys the hundreds of African-American classical singers, instrumentalists, composers, conductors, and ensembles that have performed at New York's, Town Hall, a venue that has been the most important and consequential to the careers of Black classical artists. To learn more about this undertaking, please click the button below.
Digital Archives of African-Americans in Classical Music
This digital project aims to preserve the legacies of African-American classical musicians through providing biographical information on hundreds of musicians accompanied by a collection of carefully curated photographs, programs, documents, and related ephemera. To learn more about this project, please click the button below.