Clarence Cameron White

1880 - 1960


Clarence Cameron White (1880-1960) was a composer and concert violinist. He achieved fame for the opera Ouanga his ballet from the play Tambour. He attended Oberlin Conservatory of Music from 1896-1901, and later finished his degree at the Hartford School of Music. He completed his studies abroad in Paris and London, where he studied composition with Samuel Coleridge-Taylor in 1906. He contributed articles on violin pedagogy and history to The Negro Music Journal and from 1903-1907 served as the head of the string department of the Washington Conservatory of Music. He was a founding member of the National Association of Negro Musicians and served as the organization's president from 1922 to 1924. He was on the faculties at West Virginia State College and Hampton Institute, later succeeding Nathaniel Dett as head of the music department of the latter institution in 1932.