South Shore Conservatory recently announced Nkeiru Okoye as the composer-in-residence for its new SSC Transform initiative, which uses music education as a vehicle to promote social awareness and social justice. Okoye wrote the piece “Grayce and Sickle” as a tribute to Dr. Paula Johnson, MWF member and president of Wellesley College. “An academic and cardiologist, Johnson has a special interest in the research of the correlation between genetics and medicine. The title of the work is derived from Grayce, Johnson’s mother who encouraged and nurtured her, and sickle cell disease, a genetic blood disorder that impacts many people of African descent.” To read more about the song and concert click here.
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