Creating a more inclusive early music community

Early Music America began this important initiative beginning in November 2019. As with the mainstream classical music community, we are acutely aware, in our specialized field, of the lack of diversity. With this in mind, we are focusing our work on broadening outreach in order to create a more inclusive community. EMA’s approach will be sensitive to the interests and needs of individuals, organizations, and educational institutions as it works to expand and celebrate the contributions of diverse cultures in the history and performance of early music.

EMA needs the support of you – musicians and organizations – in this endeavor, as you are the visionaries who can influence the future and ultimately serve a greater spectrum of our constituents. Your voice is extremely important to our work and will help the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Taskforce, led by Patricia Ann Neely, assess how to move forward in its recommendations.

Please Contact EMA if you have suggestions, comments, or recommendations for our work in this area.

Previous EMA Interest Sessions & Webinars

IDEA Taskforce

Pat Neely*, Chair
Suzanne Bona
Joe Chappel
Joyce Chen
Karin Cuellar-Rendon
Tony Elitcher
Pedro Funes-Whittington
Carmen Johnson-Pájaro
Benjamín Juárez Echenique*
Reggie Mobley*
Maria Ramos
Job Salazar Fonseca
Jonathan Woody

*EMA Board members

Resources

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News

Musicians on How to Bring Racial Equity to Auditions
Conductors, players and administrators don’t necessarily want to abandon blind auditions. But they say the lack of diversity in American orchestras is more complicated than that ...
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Source:
The New York Times
Published:
September 10, 2020
Reflecting a Just Future I: Art in the Making and On the Making of Art
In this moment we accept the challenge of beginning to reflect a truer picture of the past, which includes the rich stories of Black Americans along with those of all ...
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Source:
Early Music Seattle
Published:
July 15, 2020
To Make Orchestras More Diverse, End Blind Auditions
If ensembles are to reflect the communities they serve, the audition process should take into account race, gender and other factors ...
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Source:
The New York Times
Published:
July 16, 2020
Black Artists on How to Change Classical Music
Nine performers describe the steps they recommend to begin transforming a white-dominated field ...
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Source:
The New York Times
Published:
July 16, 2020
That sound you’re hearing is classical music’s long overdue reckoning with racism
Classical musicians, composers and institutions are using the pause in live music to start a conversation ...
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Source:
The Washington Post
Published:
July 18, 2020
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