Nkeiru Okoye

Voices Shouting Out

            The composer, educated at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, took her graduate degrees at Rutgers University.  Brought up on Long Island as the daughter of an American mother and a Nigerian father, she is known for her compositions that reflect, not only subjects from the American Black experience, but also her African heritage, as well.  She has taught in Nigeria and Ghana, and is interested in combining elements of non-Western and popular music styles with that of the Western “classical” tradition.  Recent works have been inspired by iconic Black women in American history, Harriet Tubman and Phillis Wheatley.  But, not to be pigeon-holed, she also is adept at composing in a wide variety of musical styles, and moreover, is a noted “soft sculpture” artist, widely recognized for