At CSUDH, Dr. Caldwell was an Assistant Professor of Music from 1972 to 1976, then became the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research. In 1981, she bacame the Dean of the School of Humanities and Fine Arts, a position she held until 1992. She then taught as a Professor of Music until her retirement in 2011. Dr. Caldwell, an accomplished piano accompanist and church organist, is the founding conductor of the Dominguez Hills Jubilee Choir, a university ensemble that specializes in the performance of music from African American culture. She also created the Jubilee Creative Arts Summer Camp. An active researcher and scholar, Caldwell has published two books – African American Music, a Chronology, and African American Music: Spirituals. Dr. Caldwell is the Founding Director of the Program for the Study of African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians (ADSMM), an organization whose primary mission is the study of the life and work of African Diaspora musicians in the field of sacred music and the preservation and performance of their music. From 2003 to 2011, she coordinated the ADSMM Living Legends Festival Concert, celebrating the musical masters of African Diaspora sacred music with performances that brought distinguished conductors and composers to the university.
Dr. Caldwell has also been very active in community and philanthropic groups. She has served on boards and committees for international professional music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon, the Board of Directors of the Public Corporation for the Arts, the Long Beach Regional Arts Council, the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers, the Afro American Chamber Music Society, the Southeast Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the National Association of Negro Musicians (Georgia Laster Branch). Though now retired, Dr. Caldwell is still active with the ADSMM and the Fannie Lou Hamer Queen Mothers. Learn more about Dr. Caldwell, the ADSMM Living Legends program, and the CSUDH Jubilee Choir.
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- Exhibit 14- Hansonia Caldwell
- Hansonia Caldwell, age 7
- Poster for 2008 Living Legends Festival
- Exhibit 15 - Hansonia Caldwell
- Dr. Hansonia Caldwell
- African American Music: a Chronology
- Hansonia Caldwell conducts the Jubilee Choir
- Young Gifted and Black Event, 1989.
- Dr. Caldwell conducting
- The CSUDH Jubilee Choir at Carnegie Hall
- Poster for Jubilee Choir Summer Arts Camp, 1990
- Sallyanne Payton, Don Lee White, and Hansonia Caldwell