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Remembering the Lost Tradition of Quartet Contests

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Remembering the Lost Tradition of Quartet Contests

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Remembering the Lost Tradition of Quartet Contests

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Commentator Bruce Nemerov shares the story of long-forgotten high school quartet contests sponsored by the New Farmers of America — a kind of black equivalent of the Future Farmers of America. The two groups merged in 1965 and the quartets came to an end.

Nemerov found documentation of the contests in the papers and recordings of musicologist John Work while he was working on his recent book, Lost Delta Found.

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