Lettie Beckon Alston scores and other material




Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College Chicago


0.5 Linear feet




Alston, Lettie Beckon, 1953-

Biographical/Historical note

Lettie Beckon Alston is the first African-American composer to obtain a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1983. Her principle teachers were Dr. Leslie Bassett and Dr. William Bolcom. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in composition and piano from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. Her composition instructor was Dr. James Hartway and her piano instructors were Mischa Kottler and Frank Murch. Dr. Alston is Associate Professor of Music at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She was the artistic director of Lettie Alston and Friends Professional Artists Concerts from 1995-2008 featuring music by living composers. Dr. Alston is presently the artistic director of the Composers at Oakland concert programs, featuring faculty, alumni and student works. The collection includes scores, dated 1974-2007 and undated, with one CD of the composer’s work, and a promotional brochure. Collection also includes published and unpublished music.

Custodial History note

Received from the composer 2007.

Processing Information note

This collection was surveyed as part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium's Survey Initiative on 2011 January 5 by Lisa Calahan.