Nickerson, Camille

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African American musician, composer, and music faculty member, Howard University (1926-1962); b. 1888; d. 1982.

From the description of Papers, ca. 1927-ca. 1970. (Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center). WorldCat record id: 70939778

  • 1888 March 30: Born in New Orleans, Louisiana to William Joseph and Julie Ellen Nickerson.
  • n.d.: Graduated High School and Normal Courses from Southern University - State Normal and Agricultural College of Louisiana.
  • 1912 - 16 : Entered the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and received a Bachelor of Music degree in 1916.
  • 1916 - 26 : Worked for her father, W.J. Nickerson, at his Music School - Nickerson School of Music, New Orleans, LA.
  • 1923: Returned to Oberlin College for one-year of post-graduate study.
  • 1923: Elected as a member of the Board of Directors of NANM.
  • 1923 - 24 : Trained and directed for their annual concert the Douglas Memorial Chorus of Oberlin, Ohio.
  • 1926: Admitted to Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society. Received "key" from Oberlin College for scholarship.
  • 1926: Elected as Secretary of NANM.
  • 1926 - 62 : Taught at Howard University. Instructor of piano, pipe organ and methods of teaching. Head of the School of Music's Junior Preparatory Department for a period of time while at Howard University.
  • 1930: Received the Rosenwald Fellowship. Traveled for one year in order to collect and transcribe Creole music. Published many creole songs as a result of this fellowship.
  • 1930: Elected as Vice-president of NANM.
  • 1932: Received a Master of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
  • 1944: Elected as President of NANM.
  • 1982 April 27: Died of pneumonia at the Howard University Hospital.

Source: Biographical Notes found in Personal Papers, Camille Nickerson Papers Box 161-1; Shannon, Sandra G. "Camille Lucie Nickerson Remembered: The Role of 'The Louisiana Lady' in Preserving Louisiana's Afro-Creole Folk Music," Louisiana Literature, Fall 1990, pp. 62-77.

From the guide to the Camille Lucie Nickerson Papers, ca. 1927-ca. 1970, (Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University)

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creatorOf Burge, R. Louise, 1908-1986. Papers, ca. 1930-1986. Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University
creatorOf Nickerson, Camille. Correspondence with Marian Anderson, 1929-1964. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Camille Lucie Nickerson Papers, ca. 1927-ca. 1970 Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University
referencedIn National Negro Opera Company Collection, 1879-1997, (bulk 1930-1962) Library of Congress. Music Division
creatorOf Nickerson, Camille. Papers, ca. 1927-ca. 1970. Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University
creatorOf National Association of Negro Musicians (U.S.). Correspondence with Marian Anderson, 1929-1982. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Nickerson, Camille. You don' know when : death song / arr. by Camille Nickerson. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Walker-Hill, Helen. Collection. 1887- Columbia College Chicago
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associatedWith Anderson, Marian, 1897-1993. person
associatedWith Burge, R. Louise, 1908-1986. person
associatedWith Howard University corporateBody
associatedWith National Association of Negro Musicians (U.S.). corporateBody
associatedWith National Negro Opera Company (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Walker-Hill, Helen person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Washington (D.C.)
Louisiana
Subject
African Americans
Folk songs, Creole
Music
Music by women composers
Songs with piano
Occupation
African American college teachers
African American women composers
African American women musicians
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Birth 1887-03-30

Death 1982-04-27

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