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Lems-Dworkin, Carol



  • Existence: 1924 or 1925 - 2019-07-16


Carol Lems was born in Chicago, Illinois. Northwestern University awarded Lems-Dworkin a bachelor's degree in botany in 1947, and a Master of Music in 1961. She was awarded a Certificate of Study from the Program of African Studies for her distinguished work in African and African diasporic Music.

Lems-Dworkin taught music at Kendall College, Northwestern University, Barat College, National-Lewis University, Chicago State University, and Chicago Conservatory College. She produced six recordings of the music of J.S. Bach. She wrote 3 books: African music: a pan-African annotated bibliography (1991); Africa in Scott Joplin's music (1991) and Videos of African and African-related performance: an annotated bibliography (1996). She formed the nonprofit World Music Center to promote traditional music from around the world.

Carol Lems-Dworkin died on July 16, 2019, aged 95

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Carol Lems-Dworkin Papers

Identifier: 31/6/228

The papers of Carol Lems-Dworkin represent several aspects of her varied career: pianist, musicologist, teacher, and lecturer. The bulk of the materials in the collection stem from her study of the music of Africa, and the influence of African music on African American music--including the music of Scott Joplin--and music of the Caribbean. The collection consists of sound recordings, slides, and materials on paper.

Dates: 1921 - 2016