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West Virginia State College                       B. Mus., 1950
Pennsylvania State University                     M.Ed., 1951
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music                 1954
                ( Studied composition with Scott Huston )
University of Iowa                                   Ph.D., 1958
                ( Studied composition with Philip Bezanson &
                Richard Hervig )
Aspen School of Music                             1964
                ( Studied composition with Darius Milhaud )

College of the Holy Cross                         Doctor of Musical Arts
                                                        Honoris Causa, 1983
West Virginia State College                      Doctor of Music
                                                        Honoris Causa, 1984
Bridgewater State College                       Doctor of Music
                                                        Honoris Causa, 1991
St. Augustine's College                           Doctor of Musical Arts
                                                        Honoris Causa, 1996
Northwestern University                           Doctor of Music
                                                        Honoris Causa, 2002
Bates College                                             Doctor of Musical Arts
                                                        Honoris Causa, 2005
Tufts University                                        Doctor of Music
                                                        Honoris Causa, 2007


Instructor, West Virginia State College, Institute, W. VA. 1955-56

Prof. of Music & Chr. of the Dept., Langston Univ., Langston, OK. 1958-63

Prof. of Music, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN. 1963-69

Composer-In-Residence, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta, GA. 1969-71

Danforth Visiting Professor, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA. 1971-72

Prof. of Music & Chr., Dept. of Music, Tufts University, Medford, MA. 1972-80
Austin Fletcher Prof. of Music   1978-90, Emeritus 1990

Hill Distinguished Visiting Prof., Univ of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Fall Qtr 1990

Distinguished Visiting Prof., California State Univ., Chico, CA. Oct. 1991

Composer-In-Residence, Sch. of Music, Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL. Apr 1992, Apr 1997.

Visiting King/Chavez/Parks Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mar.27-31,1993

Composer-In-Residence, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, May 16-27, 1994        

Associate, National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC, 1996-97


Fellowship to the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH 1960,61,63,68
Norlin/MacDowell Fellow 1983

Fellowship to the Yaddo Foundation, Saratoga, NY 1970,71,74,77

Copley Foundation Award, 1964

Fromm Foundation Award, 1964,71

Rockefeller Center Foundation Grant, Composer-In-Residence Program,   1969,70
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Shaw, Conductor

Treemonisha by Scott Joplin. Orchestrated first complete performance of the opera,
Atlanta, GA, 1972. Sponsored by grant from Rockefeller Foundation

Horizons '76 , for soprano and large orchestra, commissioned by
The National Endowment for the Arts for the Bicentennial of the U.S., 1975

Guest Conductor, Boston Pops Orchestra (Tufts Night), 1976,77

Honorary member, Phi Beta Kappa, 1977

T.J. Anderson 50th Birthday Celebration Concert, Longy School of Music,
Cambridge, MA., 1978

50th Birthday Concert, Studio of Richard Hunt, Sculptor, Chicago, IL., 1978

Distinguished Achievement Award, National Assoc. of Negro Musicians,
60th annual convention, St. Louis, MO., 1979

Leadership Award, The National Black Music Caucus, M.E.N.C., Miami, FL.,   1980

Soldier Boy, Soldier, opera; commissioned by Indiana Univeristy School of Music
and Afro-American Affairs Dept. with the support of the I.U. Foundation. The work was also supported by the National Endowment for the Arts Composers' Fellowship,   1980.

Alumni Fellow, Pennsylvania State University,   1982

Senior Faculty Citation for Outstanding Service, Tufts University, Class of 1983.

Conductor, Oklahoma Arts Institute Orchestra, Quartz Mountain, OK   1984.

Lillian Leibner Award for Distinguished Teaching and Advising, Tufts University,   1985        

Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation,   1988-89

"Black Bostonians" series. Concert of Music of T.J. Anderson, Boston Athenaeum, Boston, MA. 1988

Conductor, The Black Music Repertory Ensemble. Premiere performance, Columbia College, Chicago, IL   1988.

Consultant, Columbia College. 1988-

IBM- Michael Stillman Fellowship in Music, Djerassi Foundation, Woodside, CA   1988.

Artistic Residency, Escola Da Musica, Universidade Federal Da Bahia, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Sponsored by CNPQ of Brazilian and U.S. Information Agency. 1988.

Fellow, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA   1989.

60th Birthday Celebration. Sponsored by Videmus, Vivian Taylor, Artistic Director; Olly Wilson, Conductor. Included works dedicated to the composer by William Bolcom, Noel Da Costa, Avram David, Mark De Voto, Donal Fox, Thomas Oboe Lee, Erik Lindgren, Henry Santos, James Williams. Letters from Sir Michael Tippett and Robert Shaw were read. Sanders Theater, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. 1989.

Achievement Award, Atlanta's First All Black Symphony and Chorus, Civic Center,
Atlanta, GA. 1990

Distinguished Alumnus Award, College of Arts and Architecture, Penn State Univ., 1990

Sterling Patron, Phi Mu Epsilon . Minneapolis, MN., 1990.

Mary Hudson Onley Award, Hall of Black Achievement, Boston, MA. 1991.

Scholar-in-Residence, The Rockefeller Foundation. Study and Conference Center. Bellagio, Italy. 1984 & 1994.

One-Hundredth Year Celebration Concert, honoring Dr. T.J. Anderson. Tufts University Department of Music. Feb. 24, 1995.

Guest Composer, "Jazz and the Germans" Conference. University of Missouri
Columbia, Missouri. 7-9 April, 1995.

Fellow, National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC.1996-1997.

Honoree as first president of NBMC at the 25th Anniversary Conference of the National Black Music Caucus,Sheraton Colony Square Hotel, Atlanta,Georgia, March 6-9 . Tribute concert of the music of T.J. Anderson. March 7, 1997.

Celebration of the composer’s 75th year with a commission (Boogie Woogie Concertante; an improvised piano concerto with no notes written for the piano soloist) and concert of his music by the Harvard University Band. December 6, 2003.

Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 2005

Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Iowa, 2006

Letter of Distinction, American Music Center, 2007

Induction, MENC Hall of Fame, April, 2008

Guest Conductor, Boston Pops, 2008


Participant, Festival of Contemporary Music, Atlanta Univ. Center,
Robert Shaw, Conductor, 1968

Participant, American Music Project, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra , sponsored by The Rockefeller Foundation. 1968.

Chairperson, Advisory Committee, Black Music Center, Indiana Univ., Participant, N.Y. Philharmonic Celebration of Black Composers, 1977

Member, Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities, 1978-81

Resident Member, The Harvard Musical Assoc., Boston, MA. 1976-90, Board 1989-90

Chairperson, Committee on Status of Minorities, College Music Society,   1976-80

Associate Member, St. Botolph Club, Boston, MA. 1980-90

Advisory Board, Meet the Composer, New York, N.Y.,   1982

Member, NEA Artists in Education Panel, Washingon, D.C.,   1983-85

Board Member, Institute for the Arts, Boston, MA.,   1983-85

Board, Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.,   1975-90.

Past Board Member, Boston Musica Viva, Boston, MA.

American Association of University Professors

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

American Music Center

College Music Society

Past National Chairman(1972-76) and a founder, Black Music Caucus, now NASPAAM, MENC

Music Educators' National Conference

American Composers 'Alliance

Broadcast Music, Inc.

The Sonneck Society

Committee on Tenure and Promotions, Tufts Univ., Medford, MA., 1978-81.

Member, U.U.A. Hymnbook Resources Commission,   1988-91

Member, Still Going On (Committee to plan centennial projects for composer William Grant Still) 1994-95.

Visiting Composer-Lecturer, Escola Da Musica, Universidade Federal Da Bahia, Salvador Bahia, Brazil. August, 1996

Lecturer, Jazz Symposium: Coltrane in Carolina, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill "Jazz Influence In the Music of T.J. Anderson". Feb. 28, 1997.

Past National Chairman (1972-76) and founder, Black Music Caucus, now (NASPAM) National Association for the Study and Performance of African/American Music, MENC

Keynote Address, 35th Anniversary, NASPAM, Biennial meeting, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS, March 2007

Resident Composer; Durham Symphony Orchestra, William Curry, Conductor (2010-2011)


Articles by T.J. Anderson:

De Lerma, Dominique Rene. Black Music in Our Culture Kent, OH., Kent State Press, 1970 De Lerma, Dominique Rene. Ed., Reflections on Afro-American Music Kent, OH, Kent State Press, 1973

Book Review: William Grant Still and the Fusion of Culture in American Music by Robert Bartlett Haas, in Music Educators'Journal, October 1973

Introduction, Why Sing, The National Humanities Faculty, Inc., 1975

Contributor, The Black Composer Speaks, Edited by David Baker, Lida M. Belt, & Herman Hudson., The Scarecrow Press, 1977

Contributor, The Education of Professional Musicians, Edited by Egon Kraus, ISCM Yearbook, Vol. IX., Mainz, Schott Publications, 1977

"So You Want To Write An Opera", Tufts Criterion, 1983

"Racial and Ethnic Directions in American Music", College Music Society Report,
NO. 3, T.J. Anderson , Editor, 1982

Southall, Geneva Handy., The Continuing Enslavement of Blind Tom, 1865-1887, Minneapolis, MN., Challenge Productions, Inc., (Foreword by T.J. Anderson) 1983

Southern, Eileen., Readings in Black American Music, 2nd ed. N.Y., W.W. Norton 1983

Smith, Jessie Carney, Ed., Images of Blacks In American Culture,
Chapter: "Images of Blacks in Instrumental Music & Song", by T.J. and Lois Anderson., N.Y., Greenwood Press, 1988

Anderson, T.J., " On Soldier Boy, Soldier: The Development of an Opera",
Black Music Research Journal, Vol. 10, NO. 1, Spring 1990; pp.160-66.

Anderson, T.J., “In Memory of Robert Shaw” February 4, 1999 Spectator On Line (

Anderson, T.J. “Wilson, Olly W(oodrow), Jr.” In: International Dictionary of Black Composers. Editor, Samuel A. Floyd, Jr., Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1999. Vol 2, p. 1242-1249

Articles and References to T.J. Anderson:

Southern, Eileen. The Music of Black Americans: A History, Pages 473, 463, 464 N.Y., W.W. Norton, 1971

Claghorn, Charles Eugene. Biographical Dictionary of American Music., Parker Publishing Co. 1973

Flasch, Joy. Melvin B. Tolson, N.Y., Twayne Publishers, 1973

Roach, Hildred. Black American Music. Analysis of Music: p. 159-63,
Boston, MA., Crescendo Publishing Co., 1973

Article on Black Composers, Newsweek, April 15, 1974

Hunt, Joe. Real Paper. " T.J. Anderson: Blacks and The Classics"., May 16, 1973
Interview reprint in: The Black Perspective In Music. 1st Ed. Cambridge, England, 1974

World's Who's Who of Musicians. 1st ed., Cambridge, England, 1974.

Pavlakis, Christopher. The American Music Handbook.. N.Y., The Free Press, 1974

Atkinson, Allegra. "Horizons '76 , Work of Anderson - Reflection of American Dream" Winchester Star ,(MA) October , 24, 1974.

Thompson, Bruce. "T.J. Anderson: Composer". The Sinfonian Newsletter , Feb., 1975.

Southern, Eileen. "America's Black Composers of Classical Music". Music Educators' Journal. , Nov., 1975.

Anderson, E. Ruth. Contemporary American Composers: A Biograpical Dictionary. Boston, G.K. Hall, 1976. p.10.

Spradling, Mary Mace. In Black and White;: Afro -Americans in Print . Kalamazoo, MI, Kalamazoo Public Library, 1976. 3rd ed. Detroit, Gale Press, 1980.

Waldo, Terry. This is Ragtime. N.Y., Hawthorn Books, Inc., 1976.

Who's Who Among Black Americans. William C. Matney, Ed. Northbrook, IL, 1976.

The Negro Almanac: A Reference Work on Afro-Americans.   Comp. & ed. by Poliski and Morris. Bellweather Pub., 1976.

Evans, Mark. Scott Joplin and the Ragtime Years. N.Y., Dodd, Mead, 1977.

Abdul, Raoul. Blacks in Classical Music. N.Y., Dodd, Mead, 1977.

Feather, Leonard & Gitler, Ira. The Encyclopedia of Jazz in the Seventies. N.Y., Horizon Press, 1977. (Classic Rags and Ragtime Songs listed as one of the recommended recordings of the decade).

Thompson, Bruce Alfred. Musical Style and Compositional Techniques in Selected Works of T.J. Anderson. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Indiana, 1978. ( Supported through a research assistance grant from the Sinfonia Found. of Phi Mu Alpha.

Oliver, Christine E. Selected orchestral Works of Thomas J. Anderson, Arthur Cunningham, Talib Hakim, and Olly Wilson. Ph.D. dissertation, Florida State University, 1978. (p.15-23)

Rose, Al. Eubie Blake. N.Y. Schirmer Books, 1979., p.132.

The New Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians. , v.1. Stanley Sadie, editor. Macmillan Publishers, Ltd., 1980. p.400-401.

Scores; An Anthology of New Music.. Selection and commentary by Roger Johnson. N.Y., Schirmer Books, 1981. (Five Easy Pieces for Violin, Piano, and Jew's Harp pp. 166-169).

Cohn, Arthur. Recorded Classical Music; A Critical Guide to Compositions and Performances. N.Y., Schirmer, 1981., p.24

Jablonski, Edward. The Encyclopedia of American Music. Garden City, Doubleday, 1981.

Southern, Eileen. "Black Musicians Leading the Way."Music Educators' Journal Feb.,1982

Southern, Eileen. Biographical Dictionaryof African-American and African Musicians.
Greenwood Pr., 1982. pp.14-15.

Ewen, David. American Composers: a Biographical Dictionary. N.Y., G.P. Putnam's, 1982.

Boston Area Music Libraries. The Boston Composers Project: a Bibliography of Contemporary Music.   ed. by Linda I. Solow. Cambridge, The M.I.T. Press, 1983, p.7-12.

Schwartz, Elliott. Ways of Listening N.Y., Holt, Rinehart, and Winston. 1982. p.498.Music". Winchester Star . (MA) Jan. 27, 1983.

Southern, Eileen. The Music of Black Americans: A History.  2nd ed, N.Y., Norton, 1983.

Ribar, Richard. "Opera, Blacks, and Vietnam: Getting a Fix". Master's thesis, Indiana University, 1983.

Brooks, Tilford. America's Black Musical Heritage. Englewood Cliffs, N.J., Prentice-Hall, 1984., p. 247-50; 277-79, 305.

Roach, Hildred. Black American Music: Past and Present.   v.II., Malabar, FL, Robert E. Krieger Publishing Co., 1985., p.22-26.

Who's Who in American Music; Classical. 2nd ed. N.Y., Bowker, 1985.

Southern, Eileen. "Anderson, T(homas) J(efferson)". In The New Grove Dictionary of American Music. , Macmillan, 1986. Vol.1, pp.49-50.

Thompson, Bruce A. "The Influence and Use of Jazz and Blues in the music of T.J. Anderson", in: Jazz Forschung (Jazz Research), , vol. 19. Graz, Austria, 1987., p. 157-175.

Gray, John, comp. Blacks in Classical Music. Greenwood Press, 1988.

Borroff, Edith. Music in Europe and the United States; a History. 2nd ed., N.Y., Ardsley House Publishers, inc., 1990, p.710+; Compact Disk set:, Disk 3, track 5; Disk 4, Track 14.

String Music of Black Composers; a Bibliography; comp. by Aaron Horne. Greenwood Press, 1991.

Who's Who Among Black Americans, 1992-93. 7th ed. Gale Research, 1992. p.35

Morehead, Philip D. The New American Dictionary of Music. N.Y., Dutton, 1991. p.15

New International Dictionary of Musicans. Meridian, 1992. p.15

Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. 8th ed., rev. by Nicolas Slonimsky N.Y., Schirmer, 1992.

Keyboard Music of Black Composers; a Bibliography; comp. by Aaron Horne. Greenwood Press, 1992.

Borroff, Edith. American Operas: A Checklist. Warren, Michigan, Harmonie Park Press, 1992. pp. 9-10.

Borroff, Edith. Music Melting Round; A History of Music in the U.S. N.Y., Ardsley Music House Publishers, Inc. 1995 . p.139, 297, 329

Berlin, Edward A. King of Ragtime; Scott Joplin and his era. N.Y., Oxford Univ. Pr., 1994. p. 249, 251, 253

Slonimsky, Nicolas. Music Since 1900. 5th ed. Schirmer Books, 1994 p.923

Who's Who in America. Marquis, 1995.

Floyd, Samuel A. The Power of Black Music. N.Y., Oxford University Press, 1995 pp. 208-209,210,253,256, 260-261,266,271,276. Encylopedia of African-American Culture and History , "Anderson, Thomas Jefferson 'T.J.', p135

Bean, Calvert. “Anderson, Thomas Jefferson ‘T.J.’ “ In: Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History. Macmillan Library Reference U.S.A., 1996. Vol.1, p.135

Harvard Biographical Dictionary; ed. by Don Michael Randel. Cambridge, Belknap Pr., Harvard U. Pr., 1996, pp18-19

DeVoto, Mark. "A Chat With T.J. Anderson". ISAM Newsletter.v.XXVI, no.1 Fall, 1996

Porter, Lewis. John Coltrane, his Life and Music: Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press, 1998. p. xviii.

Steinke, Greg. “Anderson, T(homas) J(efferson)” In: International Dictionary of Black Composers. Editor, Samuel A. Floyd, Jr. Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1999. Vol.1, p.35-42

Schwartz, Elliott & Childs, Barney.Eds. Contemporary Composers on Contemporary Music. Da Capo Press, 1998

Patterson, Willis C., Comp. & Ed. The Second Anthology of Art Songs by African American Composers. 2002. Contains score and recording of Words My Mother Taught Me.

Banfield, William C. Musical Landscapes in Color; Conversations with Black Composers. Scarecrow Press, 2003.

Anderson, T.J. III. Notes to Make the Sound Come Right: four Innovators of Jazz Poetry. University of Arkansas Press, 2004.


"Conversation with Billy Taylor, Richard Chrisman, and T.J. Anderson" at Tufts University, Medford, MA.: WGBH Television, Boston, 1981.

Agency for Instructional Television, Bloomington, IN. " A Primer in the Arts; People Who Make Music"., 1982.

"Meet the Composer: T.J. Anderson with Bruce Thompson and Carolyn Jordan". Produced by Lois Anderson. Lexington, MA., Adams-Russell Community Television, 1984.

"Aberjona Roundtable". Interview by Rev. Charles Reinhardt. Winchester,MA., Continental Cablevision, 1985



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