Contralto singer Carol Brice (1918-1985) is the next in our #WomenOfBMC series. She came to Black Mountain College as a guest teacher in 1945, a year after Alma Stone Williams had been invited as a student, paving the way for integration at the college.
Brice would return in the summer of 1947 for four weeks of recitals, this time with her husband and their small son. The sculptor Angelica Bodky Lee, a student that summer, recalled that Brice “made a great impression on Black Mountain community members with her exceptionally moving concerts.”
Brice was one of the first African American classical singers to record extensively, and in 1941 was chosen to sing at a concert for President Roosevelt’s 3rd inauguration. Head to our blog to read about her life on the stage.
Image: Carol Brice playbill, date unknown. Courtesy Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina.