2020 is a pivotal year in the lives of many people of color in the United States of America and all around the world. “Black Lives Matter” is the mantra.
My name is Nevilla Ottley, and in 1971, two years before founding the Ottley Music School
, I wanted to do a Master’s Degree Music History thesis on classical music of Black composers. And I was told a false narrative that has been handed down throughout history - that there was not enough material for such a thesis.
Since attending a university class taught on this very subject by Dr. Evelyn Davidson White in 1974, my mission has been to correct that false narrative and replace it with the rarely acknowledged truth, that Black Lives Create Great Music.