What It Takes to Be Heard

Oct 14, 2013 | Music

I was very happy to be asked to write on a topic near and dear for Chamber Music’s diversity issue (the online magazine for Chamber Music America edited with grace and wisdom by Ellen Goldensohn). I discuss some of the issues and challenges that face black female composers–as experienced and interpreted by local composers Renee’ … Read more »

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New Year’s Wisdom Courtesy of Melba Liston

Jan 13, 2013 | Music
New Year’s Wisdom Courtesy of Melba Liston

It’s January 13th and we are well into the new year. The temporal flexibility and habitual relaxation of the holidays are behind us and its time for renewal. I need to renew my sense of discipline and habit around this blog (for sure!) but the blog is just a part of a larger project around … Read more »

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Three Degrees of Collaboration: The Liston Chronicles

Nov 12, 2012 | Music
Three Degrees of Collaboration: The Liston Chronicles

Just back a week ago from the joint meeting of the American Musicological Society, Society for Ethnomusicology, and Society for Music Theory in New Orleans. Still trying to wrap my brain around why the meeting kicked my butt the way it did. Conference overload. First of all the thing was huge. Possibly too many concurrent … Read more »

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The Greatest Singer of Her Race

Oct 27, 2012 | Music
The Greatest Singer of Her Race

Here’s something you may not have known about Providence: this was, for most of her life, the home of the great opera star Sissieretta Jones. She was an extremely versatile soprano with a clear tone. Like other black performers of the time, she had to leverage that versatility by performing in a range of contexts … Read more »

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3Arts Awards

Jun 21, 2012 | Music
3Arts Awards

The 3Arts Awards is one of the most important programs in Chicago in terms of what it contributes to the city’s artistic diversity and vibrancy. 3Arts is a nonprofit organization that advocates for Chicago’s women artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities who work in the performing, teaching, and visual arts. The organization has been … Read more »

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