Between COVID-19, the Black Lives Matter Movement, and the recent governmental disruption, 2020 finally unveiled the cumulative systemic, social, and political inequalities that exist in the United States. Further, in light of the Daniel Purdue murder in Rochester, NY - the city where we were founded - we acknowledge that as white, cis-gender, women who have studied Western European Classical music, we come to the table with a particular perspective and lot of privilege.
Knowing and acknowledging this, we remain committed to becoming stronger ally’s for others, no matter their race, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical abilities/qualities, religious beliefs, or national origin. To accomplish this, we promise to:
Listen and learn from diverse artists and non-artists to improve our own knowledge, recognize and understand systemic issues and be ever-mindful of others. To do so, we are actively pursuing monthly growth opportunities including:
Attend panels, workshops, and presentations that are hosted on a local and national level
Read and listen to recommended materials including books, articles, and podcasts
Reflect upon and discuss what we have learned with our audiences, in person, via social media and in newsletters
Build inclusive and accessible educational and performance initiatives by collaborating alongside organizations and individuals that support underserved populations.
Develop meaningful connections to, and support, composers, artists, dancers, storytellers, and other creatives of diverse backgrounds and identities through paid commissioning projects.
We acknowledge that the Eastman School of Music--University of Rochester (the home base of our ensemble) is located on the indigenous lands of the Onöndowa'ga:' people (known in English as the Seneca), the Keepers of the Western Door of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. We recognize the Indigenous peoples who have lived and continue to live here. In doing so, we acknowledge Onöndowa'ga:' sovereignty and their longstanding presence on this land, which predates the establishment of the Eastman School of Music -University of Rochester, New York State, and the United States of America.