Thursday, December 06, 2007

Inconvenient Truths In America ... Beautiful Faces And Fine Programming Fail To Address Underrepresentation Of African-American Classical Performers

"The Academy — A Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute serves post-graduate musicians embarking on their careers by helping to bridge the gap between their academic and professional lives. The two-year fellowship provides performance opportunities, advanced musical training, and intensive teaching instruction and experience. It is designed to develop the skills and values leading to careers that combine musical excellence with education and community outreach."

The beautiful, tremendously gifted, all European-American and Asian-American new classical faces are half-way down the web-page.

The excellent chamber music programming is also about half-way down the web-page.


The Indiana University String Academy Summer 2008

Another picture worth a thousand more words?

Missing in Action: Why are Violist Eliesha Nelson's African-American peers and students not represented among the participants of these elite New York City and Indiana University Academies?

Violist Eliesha Nelson has performed everywhere from North Pole, Alaska, to Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio.

Photo credit: (c) Roger Mastroianni 2007. All rights reserved. With thanks. Via Eliesha Nelson's web-site.


Blogger JW said...

Wow, great of you to give props to Eleisha. She's great, and it's amazing how many tremendously gifted artists work below the radar. Of interest to you particularly is her project recording the complete viola works of Quincy Porter, a true American classic usually damned for not be Sessions or Barber. Everything's done except Porter's Viola Concerto, as she is still raising funds for this last segment of the recording.

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Blogger Garth Trinkl said...

Thanks, JW.

As a lapsed violist, I'll especially be looking forward to Quincy Porter's Viola Concerto, recorded by Eliesha Nelson.

At Thanksgiving time, three American works -- Adagio, Appalachian Spring, and Rhapsody in Blue, made the WETA/WGMS most requested top 20 classical hits. Let's hope that the Quincy Porter Viola Concerto makes it four of 20.

Thanks again,


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