This fall, the UMass department of music and dance is launching a new speaker series titled “Music, Community Engagement & Social Action.” Organized by violin professor Elizabeth Chang, the series explores how artists and educators, including a number of alumni, are seeking to effect social change through music.
The free talks will take place online via Zoom (pre-registration required, visit umass.edu/music/events to register) and YouTube Live on select Wednesdays beginning at 7 p.m. Each presentation will last approximately one hour, and will include time for Q & A. The events are co-sponsored by the UMass Fine Arts Center.
The series begins on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m., when MacArthur fellow Sebastian Ruth will speak about his pioneering work as founder of Providence Community MusicWorks. CMW has been called a “revolutionary organization” (“The New Yorker”) that builds cohesive urban communities—through music education and performance—that transform the lives of children, families, and musicians in underserved neighborhoods of Providence, RI. The link to register for the Sept. 30 talk can be found here.
The following Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m., members of the Haven Quartet will discuss their work in residence with Music Haven. Based in New Haven, Connecticut, Music Haven seeks to empower and connect young people through exceptional tuition-free music education, mentoring, and performance by the Haven Quartet, with all students receiving an opportunity to perform. The link to register for the October 7 event can be found here.
The other dates and featured speaker(s) include:
Oct. 21 – Project STEP
Javier Caballero, Artistic Director
Alyssa Lee, Executive Director
Rachel Forbes ’19, Program & Communications Manager
Jodie McMenamin, Manager of Donor Engagement
Oct. 28 – Alumni Focus
Part 1: Michelle Painter MM’12, Community Engagement Coordinator, Florida Orchestra
Part 2: Kokoe Tanaka, Hannah van der Swaagh MM’10, former teachers at Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls
Nov. 4 – Nicole Wright, master teacher, Opus 118
Nov. 11 – Garrett McQueen, bassoonist, creator of TRILLOQUY podcast series
For information or to register, visit umass.edu/music/events.