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Nkeiru Okoye



A composer with a gift for incorporating many influences and styles within her work, Guggenheim Fellow Nkeiru Okoye is perhaps best known for her opera “Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed that Line to Freedom,” and orchestral work “Voices Shouting Out,” composed as an artistic response to 9/11. Profiled in the “Music of Black Composers Coloring Book” and Routledge’s “African American Music: An Introduction,” Dr. Okoye is the inaugural recipient of the International Florence Price Award for Composition. A recent New York Times article mentioned, “Okoye’s work would make a fitting grand opening for an opera company’s post-pandemic relaunch.”