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About Hale Smith
Hale Smith (June 29, 1925 – November 24, 2009) was an American composer, pianist, educator, arranger, and editor. He was one of the most notable African American composers of the 20th century. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Smith studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, graduating with a B.M. degree in 1950, and obtaining an M.M. in 1952. There, his instructors included Marcel Dick (composition), Ward Lewis (theory), Dorothy Price (piano), and Robert U. Nelson (calligraphy). In 1953 his opera Blood Wedding premiered in Cleveland.