From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Furman, James B.

(born: 1937  -  died: 1989) 

Born in Louisville, KY, Furman was a composer, teacher, choral director and church musician. Best known as a choral composer, he composed more than 50 works.

Furman attended public schools in Louisville and received his B.A. (1958) and M. Mus. Ed. (1965) from the University of Louisville, completing his Ph. D. coursework at Brandeis University.

For more see International Dictionary of Black Composers, ed. by S. A. Floyd, Jr.; Who's Who Among African Americans, 1975-2004; James Furman Collection at Columbia College Chicago, Center for Black Music Research; James Furman Papers at West Connecticut State University; and "Dominique-Rene de Lerma: James B. Furman (1937-89), Composer, organist, choral directror and college professor," Africlassical website, 10/19/2014.


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NKAA Source: International dictionary of black composers
NKAA Source: Who's who among African Americans

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