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


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Reggie Mobley
Reginald L Mobley curates and directs "Every Voice," the Handel and Haydn Society ’s annual free concert series ...
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The Boston Globe
November 30, 2019
Chinese Baroque
Reading the reactions that Chinese and Europeans had to each other’s music reminded me of the cultural misunderstandings in my own life. What is normal in one culture is very ...
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Early Music America
March 15, 2019
Singing The Praises Of Medieval Women
Seattle’s Medieval Women’s Choir, which gives the final concert of its 27th season on June 2 under artistic director Eric Mentzel, was the brainchild of the late Margriet Tindemans, the ...
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Early Music America
May 30, 2018
Seeing Ourselves in Early Music
Growing up, I was often the only black student in music classes or sections in the orchestra, but I was always focused on the music, and my teachers were always ...
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Guest article by Wade Davis
September 6, 2016
The lost genius of Mozart's sister
“I am writing to you with an erection on my head and I am very much afraid of burning my hair”, wrote Nannerl Mozart to her brother Wolfgang Amadeus. What ...
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The Guardian
September 8, 2015

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