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Lela Anderson is a composer, arranger and music educator in Houston, Texas. She earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in Music from Prairie View A&M University , where she studied with David Cope, Dr. Robert Henry and Dr. Lucius Wyatt. In addition she has studied with composers Robert Avalon, Paris Rutherford, Dr. Micheal Horvit and Dr. Karim Al–Zand.
In over 35 years of service to God she has worked as a pianist, director, and clinician. Artists she has performed with includes Glen Burleigh, Donald Vails, Barbara Baker, Theola Booker and Joseph Joubert, along with an internationally televised performance on THE JOY OF MUSIC with Diane Bish.
Anderson has a wealth of experiences in singing with Houston area organizations such as Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Symphony Chorus and the Houston Ebony Opera Guild under such notable conductors as Gunther Schuller, Quincy Jones, David Wehr, Virginia Babikian, Robert Henry , Roland Carter, Sergiu Commisiona, John DeMain, and Moses Hogan.In 2003 Anderson was featured in the Houston Chronicle's article “Teacher–Composer, can and does” by fine arts critic Charles Ward in recognition of a performance of one of her spiritual arrangements by the Choral Arts Society of Washington at the Kennedy Center for the Martin Luther King Choral Tribute. In 2011 Anderson returned to the Kennedy Center for the performance of her music in a concert featuring the 105 Voices of History Historical Black Colleges and Universities National Choir.
Moreover, Anderson's music has enjoyed international success, with performances by school, church, university, and professional choirs and artists, including Chicago a cappella, ACDA–Central Region Honor Choir, Canto Deo, Brezeal Dennard Chorale, National Baptist Convention, Vanguard Voices, Metro Singers , Houston Ebony Opera Guild, Philadelphia Gospel Seminar, Second Presbyterian Church–Memphis, First United Methodist Church–Tulsa, Goddard United Methodist Church, Oral Roberts University, Brigham Young University , Roland Carter , Marquita Lister, Joseph Joubert , and Barbara Tucker and A Chosen Few.
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