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Classical Musicians of African Descent

Tona Brown, violin & mezzo-soprano

Tona Brown

American violinist, mezzo-soprano and the first African-American transgender woman to perform at Carnegie Hall and for a United States president, chosen by the White House to sing the National Anthem for President Obama at the 2011 LGBT Pride Gala in New York City.

Brown was formally educated at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music (Winchester, VA) studying violin performance with minors in viola, piano and voice. Brown has performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, including her recent performance in the Puccini opera "Suor Angelica" as La Principessa.