Instruments: Soprano, Conductor, Educator
Date of Birth: December 1891
Place of Birth: Wetumpka, Alabama

Florence Golson was born in Wetumpka, Alabama, December 1891. At age sixteen she lost her sight due to an accident.

Her first musical training was at the Eilenberg Studio of Music, Montgomery, Alabama. She studied two years at the Tennessee School for the Blind and studied tow years at Woman's College (Huntingdon College), Montgomery, Alabama.

At the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music she was graduated in the artist class of Daniel Beddoe in 1920. Her post graduate work was in 1921. Also, she received a diploma in composition from the Conservatory.

In New York City she studied voice with Walter Golde and orchestration with Fred Jacobi. In 1921-23 she concertised as a soprano.

In March 1923 she was married to Winton Wadkins Bateman of College Park, Georgia.

She again studied at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 1933 and 1944, at Sewanee, Tennessee in 1950 and worked with American Composer Roy Harris. She maintained a voice studio in College park, Georgia, 1926-36, Montgomery, Alabama, 1943-46, and Wetumpka, Alabama, 1943-67.

Mrs. Bateman achieved success as a composer of serious music, a concert singer, and a teacher.

On November 30, 1949, a life size oil portrait of Florence Golson Bateman, was unveiled in the Music Room of the Department of Archives and History in the War memorial Building, Montgomery, Alabama. The Director and Board of Trustees of the Department decided to place portraits of three noted Alabama musicians in the Music Room and Florence Golson Bateman was the first chosen to receive this honor.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

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