By NAfME Member Lori Schwartz Reichl
Expanding diversity by featuring diverse conductors, clinicians, and composers
This article was originally published in the November 2019 teacher edition of In Tune Magazine.
“Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.”
~ Stephen R. Covey
Since 2001 I have stood on the podium before numerous bands and thought I was enough. I thought the gender diversity I offered as a respected female conductor of secondary bands was significant, and enough for the growth of my musicians, audiences, and colleagues. I was proud to demonstrate that women can equally master the job of band director. I thought this was diversity, but I was wrong. Although I was providing gender diversity on the podium, I was not promoting diversity off the podium.
By Christian Folk
"Time's Up: Escaping the Sameness of Wind Band Programming" was originally published to the Wind Repertory Project on February 20, 2018.
In the spring of 2017, composer Stacy Garrop posed a question for the wind band Facebook hivemind: what is your favorite piece for wind band or ensemble? Hundreds of replies came in from band directors across the country, and all of the responses had one thing in common: they were all pieces by men. Not a single woman was mentioned, even though the pieces ranged in date from the early 1900's with the Holst "Suites" to the present day with pieces by modern composers like Steven Bryant and John Mackey.
We plan to use this space to feature a variety of topics - from featuring groups incorporating diversity and representation, to ways we can use music to connect in and around the community. The possibilities truly are endless.
And this is where you, the public, comes in. You all spread across the country and the globe. So we’re reaching out for your help!
Are you part of a group that strives to bring in diversity and representation? Maybe you’re part of an LGBTQ+ group that connects the queer community to classical music? Do you direct a community ensemble that performs with elementary schools? Maybe you’re a teacher that has put on events or projects connecting your students to the community? Again, endless possibilities. If you have something cool within your community and would like to share, please fill out this form!
We would love to talk with you and share your story with the world!
Allyssa Jones & Ashley Killam
By Megan DeJarnett
On Representation and Artistry was originally published to Megan DeJarnett's blog on March 14, 2020.
Every once in awhile, usually when I’m in the middle of a slew of pieces about assault, my mom will check in with me about my writing. “You are taking the time to write happy music, right?” she often asks. It’s a time-honored song and dance—she asks, I reassure; lather, rinse, repeat. Less often, she echoes a sentiment I’ve also heard from my friends and my own internal monologue: I don’t want, theoretically, to be known for my assault work and nothing else.
Each month, five articles will be featured. They will cover a wide variety of topics and connect all areas within the music community!