About Fred Onovwerosuoke

Fred Onovwerosuoke (“FredO”) founded the African Chorus Project in St. Louis, an organization that has now expanded to New York and New Orleans. He is acclaimed internationally as one of Africa’s most prolific composers for orchestra. His music has been featured in films, documentaries and radio, including the chant, Bolingo, which was featured in the soundtrack of Robert De Niro’s recent film, The Good Shepherd (Universal Pictures, 2006). He has received numerous commissions to write new music, including the Landscapes of Africa: A Tone Poem for solo flutes, piccolo and orchestra, commissioned by the Brannen-Cooper Fund, Tribute to Great African Composers Nos. 1 and 2 for orchestra and SATB Choir (commissioned by Emeritus Prof J. H. Kwabena Nketia), and Meditation for Darfur for String Orchestra, Harp, Percussion and Treble Choir (commissioned for both the Boys Choir of Kenya and the Winneba Youth Choir of Ghana). The new CD, Landscapes of Africa: Music for Orchestra (African Music Publishers, AGCD 2071) by the New Horizon Studio Orchestra, entirely features FredO’s compositions, and has been hailed as a major breakthrough by an American composer of African-descent.

Recently the National Theatre and the British Council Auditorium in Accra, Ghana, violinist Rachel Barton Pine, flutist Wendy Hymes, pianist George François and accordionist Rodger French led the Ghana National Symphony Orchestra in multiple premieres of FredO’s works. Dr. Fred Onovwerosuoke is a voting member of the Recording Academy (The GRAMMY), the American Composers’ Forum (ACF), American Musicological Society (AMS), the International Musicological Society (IMS), the American Choral Directors’ Association (ACDA), the Society for Ethnomusicology, the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM), and the International Consortium for Music of Africa & its Diaspora (ICMAD), for which he serves as Director Pro Tem.

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