More Jewish Efforts to Diversify our Musical Heritage

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More Jewish Efforts to Diversify our Musical Heritage

Post by AngloSaxonJG » Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:13 pm ... ical-music
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $3 million in grant funding to get more students of diverse backgrounds in Baltimore and D.C. into the classical music field.

The money will be used to set up the Baltimore Washington Musical Pathways Initiative.

The initiative partners are the Peabody Institute, The Kennedy Center, National Symphony Orchestra, DC Youth Orchestra Program and Levine Music.

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With an award of $3,000,000 in grant funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a new collaborative initiative in the Baltimore-Washington corridor will champion a collective approach to diversifying American classical music. The Baltimore-Washington Musical Pathways partners—the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), the DC Youth Orchestra Program, and Levine Music—seek to transform the field of classical music through their sustained and combined efforts to support and serve young musicians from diverse backgrounds who aspire to careers in music.

The mission of the Baltimore-Washington Musical Pathways (BWMP) is to prepare and support student musicians in grades 8 through 12 from communities historically underrepresented in U.S. orchestras for study at music conservatories or as music majors at four-year colleges and universities, leading eventually to professional opportunities with the country’s leading ensembles.

“As arts leaders, we all know that developing the next generation of classical musicians is a complex road,” said Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter. “In order for the artists on our stages to reflect the diversity of the communities that support them, it is essential that arts organizations work together to identify the barriers and varied needs that music students are facing today, and strive to provide the programs and support that will help them succeed. I’m grateful to all of our partners who have agreed to unite for BWMP, and to the Mellon Foundation for providing the additional means for us to truly delve head-on into these challenges that we have been addressing as individual institutions. By bringing together these organizations that believe strongly in the belonging of Black and Latinx students in the classical music field, we can support the specific goals and aspirations of each of the students to pursue their steps towards a future in classical music.”

Through the BWMP, talented and highly-motivated students from the Baltimore and Washington, DC areas, will receive intensive, high-quality, individual instruction from the region’s leading instructors. Among the activities that students will also participate in are performing with regional youth orchestras, master classes with professional musicians from the NSO and Peabody Conservatory, side-by-sides and on-stage performing, and attending professional concerts. BWMP will offer experiential opportunities including regional convenings, summer learning and tours, coaching support, instrument support, and support for parents and families as students develop and deepen their musical learning. BWMP is excited to bring in other organizations whose missions align with the work of the collective to provide experiences and services outside of the cohort’s purview.

“This new initiative will help propel more students of color to pursue their dreams of becoming professional musicians,” said Elizabeth Schurgin, executive director of the DC Youth Orchestra Program and chair of the BWMP Steering Committee. Since 1960, the DC Youth Orchestra Program has served predominantly students of color and is widely recognized as a model for diversity in classical music education.

The 2016 landmark study by the League of American Orchestras on Racial/Ethnic and Gender Diversity in the American Orchestra Field made plain what audiences have observed of our nation’s professional orchestras: representation of Black/African American and Hispanic/Latinx musicians is low.

Fred Bronstein, dean of the Peabody Institute, cited the need to increase diversity in America’s orchestras and across classical music as an existential imperative. “Everyone in classical music leadership must see diversity as more than the right thing to do,” he said. “Changing demographics and the need to attract more diverse audiences in the future make increased diversity on our stages as fundamental to classical music’s survival as the creation of new work. This partnership will allow us to build exponentially on our individual ongoing efforts by tackling this critical area as a group of institutions committed to this cause in two cities, Baltimore and Washington, both rich with diversity. We want to make real change where it’s most needed – providing access and opportunity to a pool of diverse young musicians early on.”

Currently, BWMP partners offer a variety of individual programs and resources aimed at increasing racial and socioeconomic diversity in classical music. These include the Peabody Preparatory’s Tuned-In program, which serves 80 students from Baltimore City and surrounding counties; the DC Youth Orchestra Program, which offers rigorous ensemble-based training to a diverse cohort of more than 600 students annually in schools and on Saturdays; Levine Music’s robust scholarship program, providing financial assistance to hundreds of students; and the NSO’s Summer Music Institute, Youth Fellowship Program, and Young Associates Program, which all operate as full scholarship programs. In providing individualized support to participants and bridging the gaps between these programs, the BWMP aims to maximize their collective impact.

“We are honored to be a part of the BWMP,” stated Levine Music CEO Peter Jablow. “Since our founding, Levine has been committed to excellence, accessibility, and providing students of all backgrounds the opportunity to study music. We look forward to supporting this transformative effort that will help shape and develop future classical musicians.”

Susan Feder, arts and cultural heritage program officer for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, added: “The Mellon Foundation is pleased to welcome BWMP into an exemplary group of collaborating arts training organizations in the urban centers of Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago. Each is committed to identifying and providing opportunities to highly talented young artists and their families in their respective communities who might otherwise not have access to intensive and individually focused training. BWMP’s offerings will help students navigate the opportunities and challenges relative to their own artistic development at critical junctures in their individual pathways to music study at institutions of higher education. As the first regional collaborative, BWMP will offer new perspectives and experiences to the other participating organizations. We welcome the opportunities for mutual learning on behalf of the young artists who will benefit directly from the Mellon Foundation’s support.”
My wife and I were just at the symphony last night to see Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. I try to attend 2-3 events a year if I can afford it. It was beautiful. Mendelssohn is one of my favorites. Then this morning I read this article. Levin Music, Fred Bronstein, Peter Jablow, Susan Feder. All Jewish names. All intent on having more black and brown faces in classical music. This upsets me. Blacks and Browns have no link to this music. It is above and beyond them. Needless to say, this money will go to producing sub-par players and eliminating the place of gifted white students. The amount of money and resources dedicated to this destruction of our heritage is small in the grand scheme of things, but it still upsets me greatly. Just another example of how Jews are not like us. They seek to degrade and destroy our people.
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Re: More Jewish Efforts to Diversify our Musical Heritage

Post by Will Williams » Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:52 pm

Imagine that, niggers composing classical music. :roll: Reminds me of when Dr. Pierce said chimpanzees can be taught to ride bicycles, and Blacks to type on computers, but the bicycle and the computer remain in the domain of Whites. Non-Whites can be taught to play Classical music, but the greatest Classical music will always be in the domain of Europeans, certainly not Africans. The same can be said for the most part of Classical art, architecture, literature, science, etc.

A grandson of the philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, Felix Mendelssohn was born into a prominent Jewish family. He was brought up without religion until the age of seven, when he was baptized as a Reformed Christian. Source:


A Jewish site lists lots of "famous" Jewish composers, but I've never heard of any of them besides Felix and Gustav Mahler:

Charles Alkan
David Amram
Lera Auerbach
Milton Babbitt
Leonard Bernstein
Marc Blitzstein
Ernest Bloch
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Aaron Copland
Richard Danielpour
Mario Davidovsky
David Diamond
Jacob Druckman
Paul Dukas
Hanns Eisler 1
Morton Feldman
Gerald Finzi
Lukas Foss
Hans Gál
George Gershwin
Philip Glass
Karl Goldmark
Osvaldo Golijov
Louis Moreau Gottschalk 2
Morton Gould
Jacques Halévy
Mauricio Kagel
Emmerich Kalman
Aaron Jay Kernis
Leon Kirchner
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
William Kraft
Hans Krása
Fritz Kreisler 3
György Kurtág
György Ligeti
Gustav Mahler
Fanny Mendelssohn
Felix Mendelssohn
Giacomo Meyerbeer
Darius Milhaud
Jacques Offenbach
Shulamit Ran
Steve Reich
George Rochberg
Anton Rubinstein
Alfred Schnittke 4
Arnold Schoenberg
Franz Schreker 5
Ervín Schulhoff
William Schuman
Robert Starer
Oscar Straus
Ernst Toch
Viktor Ullmann
Emil Waldteufel
Kurt Weill
Henryk (Henri) Wieniawski
Stefan Wolpe
John Zorn

Another list of the 100 greatest classical composers lists those two but not many more: ... -comp.html

1. Ludwig van Beethoven - 1770-1827
2. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - 1756-1791
3. Johann Sebastian Bach - 1685-1750
4. Richard Wagner - 1813-1883
5. Joseph Haydn - 1732-1809
6. Johannes Brahms - 1833-1897
7. Franz Schubert - 1797-1828
8. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky - 1840-1893
9. George Frideric Handel - 1685-1759
10. Igor Stravinsky - 1882-1971
11. Robert Schumann - 1810-1856
12. Frederic Chopin - 1810-1849
13. Felix Mendelssohn - 1809-1847
14. Claude Debussy - 1862-1918
15. Franz Liszt - 1811-1886
16. Antonín Dvořák - 1841-1904
17. Giuseppe Verdi - 1813-1901
18. Gustav Mahler - 1860-1911
19. Antonio Vivaldi - 1678-1741
20. Richard Strauss - 1864-1949
21. Serge Prokofiev - 1891-1953
22. Dmitri Shostakovich - 1906-1975
23. Béla Bartók - 1881-1945
24. Hector Berlioz - 1803-1869
25. Anton Bruckner - 1824-1896
26. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina - 1525-1594
27. Claudio Monteverdi - 1567-1643
28. Jean Sibelius - 1865-1957
29. Maurice Ravel - 1875-1937
30. Ralph Vaughan Williams - 1872-1958
31. Modest Mussorgsky - 1839-1881
32. Giacomo Puccini - 1858-1924
33. Henry Purcell - 1659-1695
34. Gioacchino Rossini - 1792-1868
35. Edward Elgar - 1857-1934
36. Sergei Rachmaninoff - 1873-1943
37. Camille Saint-Saëns - 1835-1921
38. Josquin Des Prez - c.1440-1521
39. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - 1844-1908
40. Carl Maria von Weber - 1786-1826
41. Jean-Philippe Rameau - 1683-1764
42. Jean-Baptiste Lully - 1632-1687
43. Gabriel Fauré - 1845-1924
44. Edvard Grieg - 1843-1907
45. Christoph Willibald Gluck - 1714-1787
46. Arnold Schoenberg - 1874-1951
47. Charles Ives - 1874-1954
48. Paul Hindemith - 1895-1963
49. Olivier Messiaen - 1908-1992
50. Aaron Copland - 1900-1990
51. Francois Couperin - 1668-1733
52. William Byrd - 1539-1623
53. Erik Satie - 1866-1925
54. Benjamin Britten - 1913-1976
55. Bedrick Smetana - 1824-1884
56. César Franck - 1822-1890
57. Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin - 1872-1915
58. Georges Bizet - 1838-1875
59. Domenico Scarlatti - 1685-1757
60. Georg Philipp Telemann - 1681-1767
61. Anton Webern - 1883-1945
62. Roland de Lassus - 1532-1594
63. George Gershwin - 1898-1937
64. Gaetano Donizetti - 1797-1848
65. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach - 1714-1788
66. Archangelo Corelli - 1653-1713
67. Thomas Tallis - 1505-1585
68. Johann Strauss II - 1825-1899
69. Leos Janácek - 1854-1928
70. Guillaume de Machaut - 1300-1377
71. Alban Berg - 1885-1935
72. Alexander Borodin - 1833-1887
73. Vincenzo Bellini - 1801-1835
74. Charles Gounod - 1818-1893
75. Jules Massenet - 1842-1912
76. Francis Poulenc - 1899-1963
77. Giovanni Gabrieli - 1554-1612
78. Pérotin - 1160-1225
79. Heinrich Schütz - 1585-1672
80. John Cage - 1912-1992
81. Giovanni Battista Pergolesi - 1710-1736
82. John Dowland - 1563-1626
83. Gustav Holst - 1874-1934
84. Dietrich Buxtehude - 1637-1707
85. Ottorino Respighi - 1879-1936
86. Guillaume Dufay - 1400-1474
87. Hugo Wolf - 1860-1903
88. Carl Nielsen - 1865-1931
89. William Walton - 1902-1983
90. Darius Milhaud - 1892-1974
91. Orlando Gibbons - 1583-1625
92. Giacomo Meyerbeer - 1791-1864
93. Samuel Barber - 1910-1981
94. Tomás Luis de Victoria - 1549-1611
95. Léonin - 1135-1201
96. Manuel de Falla - 1876-1946
97. Hildegard von Bingen - 1098-1179
98. Mikhail Glinka - 1804-1857
99. Alexander Glazunov - 1865-1936
100. Don Carlo Gesualdo - 1566-1613

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Re: More Jewish Efforts to Diversify our Musical Heritage

Post by AngloSaxonJG » Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:21 am

I chose one of the two Jewish composers to make a point. What luck. :oops:
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Re: More Jewish Efforts to Diversify our Musical Heritage

Post by Will Williams » Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:50 pm

AngloSaxonJG wrote:
Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:21 am
I chose one of the two Jewish composers to make a point. What luck. :oops:
A good example of the exception proving the rule, perhaps?

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