Lettie Beckon Alston

1953-2014

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Lettie Beckon Alston (born 1953) is an American composer known for her piano work and a longstanding series of concerts, "Lettie Alston and Friends".

Alston was born in 1953 in Detroit.

Alston attended Wayne State University for her undergraduate and masters degrees. In 1983, she earned her doctorate in musical composition from the University of Michigan (UM) where she had studied with Leslie Bassett, William Bolcom and Eugene Kurtz. She was the first African-American to earn this degree from UM.

Alston's work includes traditional, as well as electronic instruments. She has composed for orchestra, chamber and vocal groups.

In 1995, Alston started a series of concerts at Oakland University called, "Lettie Alston and Friends." The concerts featured contemporary classical music usually based around a central theme. The last of these concerts took place in 2008.

In 2001, her work was recorded on a two CD set, Keyboard Maniac. The set highlighted both her work on acoustic and electric piano.

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