Written by: Trevor Nelson
Nora Douglas Holt, born Lena Douglas, was an American singer, composer and music critic, who was born in Kansas and was the first African American to receive a master’s degree in the United States. She composed more than 200 works of music and was associated with the leading figures of the Harlem Renaissance and the co-founder of the National Association of Negro Musicians. She died in 1974 in Los Angeles.
Due to a theft in the 1920’s, all but two of her compositions were lost: “Negro Dance” for piano and a song, “The Sandman.”
- Nora Holt’s Obituary: http://www.nytimes.com/1974/01/30/archives/nora-holt-dead-music-critic-89-joined-amsterdam-news-in.html
- Nora Holt: http://daily.redbullmusicacademy.com/2017/06/nora-holt-feature
- Churchill, Suzanne W., and Adam McKible. Little Magazines & Modernism: New Approaches. Ashgate Pub., 2007.