The thrilling sound of her composition filled the auditorium, and Florence Price nearly cried. For the first time, her work was being performed by a real orchestra!
This triumph was even more powerful given how much she’d sacrificed to get there.
She filed for divorce – a shameful act at the time. She’d been composing since childhood, but was forced to struggle with low-paying jobs, and her music suffered. Only when she won a music contest with a cash prize did her life start to change.
Despite being denied entry into the racist Arkansas State Music Teachers Association, she became a teacher and acclaimed composer, eventually becoming the first Black woman composer to have a symphony performed by a major American orchestra.
Without institutional support, we must often focus on building and sustaining our own dreams. Then we can change our lives and impact the world!
What sacrifices have you made to follow your dreams?