My aunt Margaret Tynes with Harlem Renaissance notable Nora Holt and opera star William Warfield photographed by Carl Van Vechten at a party Ms. Holt held in honor of singers that she championed.
The first African American to earn a master’s degree in music (Chicago Musical College, 1918) Nora Holt was a music critic for two preeminent black newspapers, the Chicago Defender and the New York Amsterdam News. Married five (or more) times, she was also a regular in the gossip columns thanks to her scandalous love life. She died in Los Angeles in 1974.
William Warfield, a baritone, was born in 1920 to a family of sharecroppers in Arkansas. Best known for his roles in Show Boat and Porgy and Bess, he was married for twenty-one years to opera legend Leontyne Price before they divorced in 1973. He spent the remainder of his life as a voice teacher and died in 2002.