The Music Plays On — William Levi Dawson

William Dawson

The African American composer William Dawson was born in Anniston, Alabama, September 26, 1899. He moved to Chicago to attend the Chicago Musical College and the American Conservatory of Music, playing trombone in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, 1927–30. He taught music conducted the choir at Tuskegee Institute 1931–56, greatly influencing generations of students and faculty.