A Guide to the Ann Rivers Witherspoon Music Collection, 1997
Ann Rivers Witherspoon received her Doctorate of Music: Composition at the Shepard School of Music, Rice University, eventually teaching theory at her alma mater. Her distinguished career includes penning compositions that were commissioned and/or performed by the Houston Symphony, and various other music organizations. She has been published by Alliance Music Publications, Inc., has received several awards and fellowships, and served as an officer and board member of the Houston Composers Alliance. She was also appointed as composer for the Texas Music Teachers Association from 2000-2001, and was president of the Houston Music Teachers Association.
Witherspoon found musical inspiration in Barbara Jordan (1936-1996), whom she first saw speak in 1964. Jordan was the first black woman in a Southern state to successfully win a seat in the House of Representatives, where she served from 1967-1973.
The Ann Rivers Witherspoon Music Collection, 1997, consists of unpublished materials comprised of one complete musical score, three librettos, and three CDs featuring portions of the music and narrative that accompany Witherspoon’s opera titled “Barbara Edine: A Contemporary American Opera,” which chronicles Barbara Jordan’s response to both historical and personal life events.
This collection is open for research use.
The donor retains copyright on all materials by the creator. Written permission must be obtained from copyright holder in order to photocopy or publish from the collection.
Ann Rivers Witherspoon Music Collection, 1997, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Amanda Reyes, February 2016.
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