The HistoryMakers video oral history with George Shirley.

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Imprint:Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Description:1 online resource (10 video files (5 hr., 11 sec.)) : sound, color.
Subject:Shirley, George -- Interviews.
Shirley, George.
African Americans -- Interviews.
African Americans.
Internet videos.
Nonfiction films.
Oral histories.
Oral histories.
Internet videos.
Nonfiction films.
Format: E-Resource Video Streaming Video
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Varying Form of Title:History Makers video oral history with George Shirley
George Shirley
Other authors / contributors:Shirley, George, interviewee.
Crowe, Larry F., interviewer.
Stearns, Scott, director of photography.
Hickey, Matthew, director of photography.
HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection), production company.
Sound characteristics:digital
Digital file characteristics:video file
Notes:Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Videographer, Matthew Hickey.
Larry Crowe, interviewer.
Recorded Ann Arbor, Michigan 2010 June 10.
Recorded Detroit, Michigan 2012 October 25.
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Summary:Opera singer George Shirley was born on April 18, 1934 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He later moved with his parents, Irving and Daisy Shirley, to Detroit, Michigan. Shirley earned a scholarship to Wayne State University, where he graduated in 1955 with his B.S. degree in music education. In 1955, Shirley became the first African American music teacher in the City of Detroit. After being drafted into the Army in 1956, he became the first African American to sing with the U.S. Army Chorus. In 1959, Shirley performed in his first staged production, Die Fledermaus. Two years later, he became the first African American tenor to earn a contract with the Metropolitan Opera. In 1980, Shirley joined the staff of the University of Maryland as a professor of voice. In 1987, he returned to the Detroit area as professor of voice at the University of Michigan.