Members of the Music and Theatre Arts Department at UW-EC, including both faculty and students, have created a project entitled "A Year of Inclusivity," which will highlight the contributions of underrepresented composers and other musicians in the programming and curriculum of the department. The term "underrepresented" has been selected because of its inclusive nature which is open to interpretation, raising such issues as gender, racial or cultural background, and sexual orientation. Exclusionary historic traditions surrounding many types of music are still highly valued today creating a culture in which many individuals are marginalized. The world of Classical music, for example, by its very nature is defined by historic traditions in which the contributions of men have predominated and have been held up as models, and as a result, only a handful of compositions by women have appeared annually on departmental programs among hundreds of compositions by men. A central goal of this project is to increase the number of compositions involving underrepresented composers and musicians in the programming for the Music and Theatre Arts Department 2013-14 Season, and in so doing, raise consciousness of this phenomenon and its ramifications and have a positive impact on future programming. The project will involve performances and presentations by faculty, students, and guests.
Underrepresented Composers in UWEC Music Programs
Libby Larson - Composer-in-Residence
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
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