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William Grant Still May 11, 1895- December 3, 1978 classical composer who wrote more than 150 compositions. He was the first African- American to conduct a major American symphony orchestra, the first to have a symphony of  his own (his first symphony) performed by a leading orchestra, the first to have an opera  performed by a major opera company, and the first to have an opera performed on national  television. He is often referred to as "the dean" of African-American composers. Biography o Early Life Born in Woodville, Mississippi on May 11, 1895 Parents were Carrie Lena Fambro and William Grant Still Father died and his mother took him to Little Rock, Arkansas Mother remarried Charles B. Shepperson Showed great interest in music at age 14 Grandmother introduced him to spirituals by singing to him o College Life Graduated high school in Little Rock  at age 16
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