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Harlem Voices is a musical about the lives and loves of the people who work at a racially segregated Black Jay Club, a 1920s era speakeasy.

Clovice Lewis

Clovice A. Lewis, Jr., who has composed numerous works ranging from ensemble to electronic and orchestral pieces, graduated from the prestigious College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He began teaching as a freshman at the school, and upon completion of his studies, accepted a position as a Lecturer in 1978. He was shortly thereafter promoted to Associate Professor and taught until 1985. He was, at the time, one of the youngest professors in the UC system (at 22) to hold such a position. His duties included generation of funding for continued support from private and public sources of the Electronic Music Studio. Lewis served as Faculty Head and Administrator of the studio from 1980 to 1984.

Lewis has studied composition with Peter Fricker, Anthonus Lolov, Thea Musgrave, Gordon Crosse, Edward Applebaum, and Stanley Krebs. His cello teachers included such renowned cellists as Peter Preston, Peter Rejto, Geoffrey Rutkowski, and Robert Mason.

His pioneering work in the field of electronic music and composition led him to be noted as the most outstanding composer produced by the College of Creative Studies in the November 1985 issue of OMNI magazine in an article entitled "How To Build A Creative Scientist", which highlighted the achievements of the school and its graduates.

Lewis was the recipient of a University of California Undergraduate Fellowship from UCSB in 1975 to reproduce the scores and parts, as well as to attend the premiere performance of his first symphony, which was completed when he was 17 years old entitled "Portraits of the Gulfcoast". The piece was performed by the Gulfcoast Symphony Orchestra under the direction of James Shannon as part of their Bicentennial salute to American Composers.

During the past 30 years, the music Lewis has composed has been performed by numerous orchestras in California, including a Concerto for Trumpets and Orchestra, a Poem for Tenor Saxophone and Orchestra, a Bassoon Concerto (with Rufus Olivier) and a Multi-Media Cantata for Soprano Voice. He is the recipient of numerous awards for composition, including the 1985 Cabrillo Music Festival award for outstanding composition for a string quartet composed in 1976. In June of 1993, his Concerto for Violoncello and Computer was hailed as a breakthrough piece when it was performed for the Old First Church series of concerts which showcases exceptional Northern California composers.

Clovice has composed over 150 pieces of music. His eclectic tastes can be organized into various broad categories, from pieces for individual solo instruments to large orchestral, jazz, and computer music.