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John Thomas Douglass

John Thomas Douglass

American violinist and musician
John Thomas Douglass
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Intro American violinist and musician
Was Musician Composer Violinist
From United States of America
Type Music
Gender male
Birth 1847
Death 1886 (aged 39 years)
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John Thomas Douglass (1847–1886) was an accomplished American violinist who composed Virginia's Ball, which is the first known opera written by an African American, copyrighted in 1868. It was performed at least once, but is now lost. Virginia's Ball was a three-act opera, premiered in 1868 in New York, at the Stuyvesant Institute on Broadway.

Douglass probably studied in Europe, but settled in New York, and began performing widely in the 1870s. In addition to touring as a concert violinist, he also worked with a string ensemble and various minstrel companies, including the Hyers Sisters and the Georgia Minstrels.

Douglass also managed a teaching studio, where he met David Mannes, later of the New York Symphony Orchestra, who founded a music school for African American students in New York.

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