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A. Kori HillPh.D. Candidate

A. Kori Hill is a PhD Candidate from Cincinnati, Ohio. Her dissertation, “A Creation of Tradition: New Negro Modernism in the Concertos of Florence B. Price,” studies Price’s three concertos as examples of Black/New Negro music modernism to further contextualize Price’s style within American classical and Black cultural aesthetics. Kori has presented at the Society for American Music, FT&M17, MTSU Opera and Musical Theory Conference, The Arts in the Black Press in the Era of Jim Crow, and regional conferences in the Chapel Hill area. In November 2019, she gave the keynote address for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s “Celebrating Florence Price” event. Her review, “Florence Price: Violin Concertos” was published in the Journal of the Society for American Music and her review of Naomi André’s Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement is forthcoming. From July 2018 to late 2020, Kori was the Director of Social Media for The Harry T. Burleigh Society. She has bylines in The Harry T. Burleigh Society Blog, I Care if You Listen, and the Seattle Symphony. In addition to her work on Price, Kori also studies modernist aesthetics, networks of Black classical musicians, and music as method for cultural theorizing. She holds a M.A. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a M.M. in music history and violin performance from West Virginia University, and a B.M. in violin performance from Miami University (of Ohio!).

2020 Book review

  • Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement by Naomi André, Journal of the Society for American Music, Vol. 15 (forthcoming)

2020 I Care if You Listen

  • “A Reflection and Call to Action,” Out of Context Series #10

2020 The Seattle Symphony

  • Composer Profile: “New Sounds from a Familiar Face: Florence B. Price’s Violin Concerto No. 2”
  • Program Notes: Rachmaninov Piano Concertos (2 concerts) (COVID cancelled)
  • Program Notes: Bernstein Songfest (COVID cancelled)
  • Program Notes: Shostakovich & Haydn
  • Program Notes: Mendelssohn & Mozart
  • Program Notes: Debussy & Martin
  • Program Notes: Dean, Sorey & Beethoven (forthcoming)

2019 Media review

  • “Florence Price: Violin Concertos,” Journal of the Society for American Music, Vol. 13 (4), 549–55.

2018–2020 The Harry T. Burleigh Society Blog (selected)

  • “HTB Society Listens – July/August 2020”
  • “Stories We Need to Hear: The Use of Anecdotes in Black Composer Histories”
  • “Review: Burleigh Society & Fisk Jubilee Singers Conference Weekend”
  • Tropes of Black Composers Series, 1–3
    • “Should They Always Be Exceptional?”
    • “Burleigh, Dvorak, and The Problem with Biographical Footnoting”
    • “To Be Rediscovered When You Were Never Forgotten: Florence Price & the “Rediscovered” Composer”


2019 Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

  • Keynote Address, “Celebrating Florence Price”

2019 Society for American Music Conference

  • “Modernist Expressions in Florence P. Price’s Violin Concerto No. 2”

2018 MTSU Opera and Musical Theatre Conference

  • “’Sing to Me, O Défilée, The Songs Our People Crooned in Africa:’ Black Women as Culture Bearers in Clarence Cameron White’s Ouanga

2017 Feminist and Music Theory 17 Conference

  • “Jessye Norman and the Concept of Black Women’s Vocality”

2017 The Arts in the Black Press in the Era of Jim Crow Conference

  • “Clarence Cameron White & The Negro Music Journal as a Pedagogical Tool”

UNC Summer Fellowship, The Graduate School, 2019

UNC Institute of African American Research Graduate Student Summer Research Grant, 2019

Judith Tick Fellowship from the Society for American Music, Society for American Music, 2018

James W. Pruett Summer Research Fellowship at the Library of Congress, 2017

UNC Kenan Graduate Awards Fund, 2016

UNC Performing Arts Special Services Fund w/ Dr. Chérie Rivers Ndaliko, 2016

Eileen Southern Travel Award, American Musicological Society, 2014

Teaching Assistant:

  • Introduction to Black Music (MUSC 148)
  • Introduction to Women & Music (MUSC/WMST 188)
  • Introduction to Country Music (MUSC 144)
  • Introduction to Rock (MUSC 143)

Recitation Leader:

  • Great Musical Works (MUSC 142)