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HIDDEN VOICES SPOTLIGHT

Anne Wiggins-Brown

An American legend, Anne Wiggins Brown was born in Baltimore into a distinguished family of musicians and scientists. Her obvious talent landed her the prestigious Margaret McGill Scholarship at the Juilliard School in 1928, becoming the first African American to win it. She entered Juilliard at 16.  Anne Brown worked mostly as a recitalist and concert singer achieving celebrated performances between 1942 and 1948 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in performances at Carnegie Hall. In 1948 she settled in Oslo, Norway where she spent the rest of her life. She retired from singing in 1953 and remained active as a musician, teaching and directing.

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