2018 Pre-Conference Workshop: Embracing the Diversity Imperative

CMS Pre-Conference Workshop
Embracing the Diversity Imperative: A Deep Dive into
Strategic Initiatives for Inclusion, Access, and Equity in Music
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Burrard Room
JW Marriott Parq Vancouver
Vancouver, British Columbia

The CMS Committee on Professional Development is pleased to announce a pre-conference workshop “Embracing the Diversity Imperative: A Deep Dive into Strategic Initiatives for Inclusion, Access, and Equity in Music.” This workshop will be held in the Burrard Room of the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver in Vancouver, British Columbia on Wednesday October 10, 2018, from 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., immediately prior to the National Conferences of CMS, ATMI, and NACWPI (October 10–13, 2018).

All interested persons are welcome to participate. Registration is required. Workshop is limited to 75 participants.

This workshop will provide participants with opportunities to consider potential strategies for enhancing access, inclusion, and equity among students and faculty in their home institutions. Content will assume a broad consideration of dimensions of diversity, though primary focus will be on issues of cultural and racial/ethnic diversity. Drawing on national demographic data in and beyond education and the arts, presenters will facilitate dialogue about implications for higher education generally, and for music schools and departments. Moving beyond discussions of how to respond to increasing societal diversity and resulting institutional mandates, participants will formulate and critique proactive, values-based strategies intended to enrich learning communities and curricula through inclusive initiatives. Participants will also develop ways to facilitate and lead discussions and initiatives among faculty, students, and central administrators in their own institutions.

The program is geared toward music administrators and faculty; it will include ideas on how administrator-faculty collaboration can foster a climate of equity in admissions, teaching and learning, and faculty searches. It will also consider ways to enrich learning through cross-cultural interchange and shared integration of global music in degree programs.

8:00-8:30 am

8:30-9:00 am
Coffee & Introductions

David Myers, Chair, CMS Administration and Leadership Committee

9:00-10:15 am
Understanding Context: Data, Diversity, & Debate

This session explores demographic context and data in society, in higher education, and in music and the arts. Leaders and participants will relate these data to their own contexts and experiences, noting where they have seen change and how it has, or hasn't, impacted their practice. Presentations and discussion will include university/college-level initiatives and considerations as well as considerations more specific to music schools and departments.

  • Robert Walzel, Dean, School of Music, University of Kansas

10:15-10:30 am

10:30-11:15 am
Who Gets to Study Music?

This session considers the standard practices of admission into the music major and what potential changes might arise from commitments to inclusion, access, and equity. It will include issues such as auditions, interviews, merit awards, required proficiencies, and other relevant issues.

  • Joyce, McCall, Assistant Professor, Music Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • David Myers, Professor, University of Minnesota and Consulting Head of Music Studies, Augsburg University

11:15 am-12:00 pm
Searching for Color: The Quest to Diversify Music Faculties

This session will include discussions of targeted diversity hires, the ways position descriptions are written, recruiting procedures, and other aspects of attracting, hiring, and retaining faculty of color.

  • Jason Geary, Director, School of Music, University of Maryland

12:00-1:30 pm
Lunch on Your Own

1:30-2:15 pm
Rhetoric, Advocacy, Resistance, and Intentionality

Despite excellent intentions, the rhetoric and semantics of access, equity, and inclusion can impede productive dialogue and action. Moreover, it can be easy to externalize "reasons" for the lack of progress in diversifying music institutions and thus maintain the status quo. This session offers the opportunity to reflect on productive dialogue and consider how to focus on intentional inclusion as a shared goal.

  • Jeffrey Magee, Director, School of Music, University of Illinois at at Urbana-Champaign

2:15-2:30 pm

2:30-3:15 pm
Rethinking Conservatory-Derived Assumptions about the Education of Diverse Career-Aspiring Musicians

This session considers the potential range of student backgrounds that might accompany the effort to diversify a school or department. Possible changes associated with a more diverse student population will be discussed relative to the mission and goals of music schools, their expectations of rigor and quality, and their core identities.

  • Joyce McCall, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Ayden Adler, Professor of Music, History, and University Studies, DePauw University

3:15-4:00 pm
Think Globally, Act Locally: Planning for Implementation

Synthesizing the discussions from throughout the day, participants will work individually or in small groups to identify their current contexts, the potential changes that have or may occur relative to diversity, and strategies they may undertake for further study and action in their respective situations. Facilitated conversations.

4:00-5:00 pm
Aligning the Department/School with Central Administration Expectations and Initiatives

This session brings the workshop day full-circle to conscientious alignment between college/university wide priorities and the work of the music school/department. Discussion will include examples of how to assure transparent articulation between goals and activities of the department and expectations of central administration.

  • Mariana Farah, Associate Director of Choral Activities, University of Kansas

5:00 pm
End of Workshop

Online registration for this event closed on Tuesday, September 18. It is still possible to attend the workshop; however, attendees must register in person on the day of the event. Walk-in registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis until the maximum enrollment has been reached.

Registration for this workshop will take place on Wednesday, October 10, from 8:00–8:30 a.m., in the foyer near the Burrard room, on the fourth floor of the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver.

The registration fee allows admission to this pre-conference workshop only. Separate registration is required to attend the 2018 CMS / ATMI / NACWPI National Conferences.

On-Site Registration
Registration Fee: $165
Retired: $135
Student: $125

Cancellation Policy
Pre-conference registration can be cancelled only in writing to CMS.

  1. Workshop registrations cancelled on or before 12:00 noon MDT on September 6, 2018 will be entitled to a full refund less a $50 handling & processing charge. Registrations cancelled after 12:01 p.m. MDT on September 6, 2018 will not be entitled to a refund.
  2. All refunds will be issued within one month of the event’s conclusion.
  3. Registrations are non-transferable.

Ayden Adler
Former Dean, School of Music & Professor Music and History, DePauw University

Ayden was previously Senior Vice President and Dean at the New World Symphony, America's Orchestral Academy and Executive Director of the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble. Earlier, she worked in the learning and community engagement programs of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Atlanta Symphony. She regularly gives presentations at national and international conferences that address issues of civic and economic relevance, diversity, entrepreneurship, and new technologies in the context of historic and current business practices at arts institutions.

Mariana Farah
Mariana teaches courses in graduate choral literature and conducting, directs the KU Concert Choir and Women's Chorale, and helps oversee all aspects of the choral program. Farah's research focuses on Brazilian choral music. Her edition of Aguiar's Três Motetinos No.2 has been published by Earthsongs, and she expects to introduce more of his music to the United States through performances, recordings, editions, and future publications. Recent and future engagements include appearances as a conductor at the 2014 Kansas Music Educators Association Convention, Universidade de São Paulo-Ribeirão Preto, Universidade Estadual de Maringá, 34o. Festival de Música de Londrina, Adams State Honor Choir Festival, the 2014 Idaho All State Treble Choir, a residency with the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, and the 2015 Kantorei Summer Choral Institute. She is the R&S Chair for Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives for the ACDA Southwestern Division and a singer with the Kansas City Te Deum Chamber Choir.

Jason Geary
Director, University of Maryland School of Music

Jason received his musical training as a pianist, earning his undergraduate degree in Piano Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has degrees in musicology from the University of Michigan and Yale University. He served on the musicology faculty at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, where he held a series of administrative posts leading up to Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Equity, and Inclusion.

Jeffrey Magee
Professor & Director, University of Illinois School of Music

Jeff has been Director at Illinois since 2012. He has spoken on panels of The College Music Society, the National Association of Schools of Music, and the Society for Ethnomusicology, and will serve as a group leader in the forthcoming Carolina/CMS Summit 2.0 in Columbia, SC. He is the author of The Uncrowned King of Swing: Fletcher Henderson and Big Band Jazz (Oxford, 2005), which won the Society for American Music's Irving Lowens Award for Best Book, as well as an award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections. Recent pieces have appeared in Studies in Musical Theatre (SMT) and The Cambridge Companion to Duke Ellington, and his article "Miranda's Les Miz" is forthcoming in an all-Hamilton issue of SMT. His current book project, "Gypsy and the American Dream," is under contract with Oxford University Press.

Joyce McCall
Assistant Professor of Music Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Joyce earned a Ph.D. in Music Education from Arizona State University and a Master of Music Education and Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi. McCall's research focuses on the intersections of race, class, and culture in educational settings, as well as intersecting formal and informal strategies through the use of popular music and digital culture. She served as a clarinetist in the United States Army Bands from 1999 to present.

David Myers
Chair, Head of Music Studies, Augsburg University & Music Faculty, University of Minnesota

David chairs the Community Value Committee, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Board, and serves on MacPhail Center for Music, Vocalessence, and American Composer Forum boards. He is an NEA grant recipient and panelist/panel chair and for 10 years evaluated programs for the League of American Orchestras. From 2008 to 2014, he was director of the University of Minnesota School of Music. He writes and speaks internationally on change in higher education related to access and equity; consults with music schools and departments on creative curriculum development; and was recently Carrigan Scholar-in-Residence at University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance. With Ed Sarath and Pat Campbell, he authored Redefining Music Studies in an Age of Change (Routledge, 2017), based on the CMS Task Force Report on the Undergraduate Curriculum.

Robert Walzel
Dean, University of Kansas School of Music

A proponent of jazz, and other culturally influenced music, Bob has premiered and recorded several new works written for him. He is featured on multiple recording labels including Albany, Navona, Con Fuoco Digital, and Mark Records. Active as a soloist and chamber musician, Walzel's appearances have included those with such groups as the Santa Fe Pro Musica, Dallas String Quartet, Texas Clarinet Consort, Intermezzo, Kansas Virtuosi,Clear Lake Chamber Music Society, and Society for the Performing Arts in Houston. Walzel previously held administrative positions at Sam Houston State University in Texas and at the University of Utah. A Past President of the International Clarinet Association, he serves as a commissioner on the Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Music.



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Event Summary

Event Date 10-10-2018 8:30 am
Event End Date 10-10-2018 5:00 pm
Registration Start Date 06-04-2018
Cut off date 09-18-2018
Individual Price $140.00 Regular, $110.00 Retired, $100.00 Student
JW Marriott parq Vancouver
39 Smithe Street, Vancouver BC V6B 1C1 Canada
JW Marriott parq Vancouver
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