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DIVERSITY SUMMIT


On Saturday, February 6, 2021, from 1:00-5:00pm EST join the Frances Clark Center for a Diversity Summit, exploring issues such as repertoire, access, and expanding student demographics. Engage with panelists and fellow attendees and build community through group discussion.

This event will only be held live, and will not be available for replay afterwards. All times listed are Eastern Time (USA).

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Schedule  Schedule: Saturday, February 6, 2021 (click for details)

1:00 - 2:00 OPENING REMARKS AND PANEL
  • Repertoire and Access
    • Dr. Leah Claiborne, Dr. Minju Choi, Dr. Desiree Gonzalez-Miller, Dr. William Chapman-Nyaho
    2:00 - 2:45 BREAKOUT ROOMS
    2:45 - 3:00 BREAK
    3:00 - 3:45 INTRODUCTION & PANEL
  • Expanding Student Demographic in Piano: Meet Leading Advocates in Piano Changing the Field <
    • Dr. Artina McCain, Joe Williams, Jeanetta Powell Hopkins
    3:45 - 4:30 BREAKOUT ROOMS
  • 4:30 - 5:00 REFLECTIONS AND ACTION STEPS

    LeahClaiborne  Moderator Bio: Leah Claiborne

    Leah Claiborne, D.M.A. promotes diversity in the arts by championing piano music by Black composers in her performances, research, and teaching. She was the first pianist at the University of Michigan to be awarded the Rackham Predoc fellowship which is the most prestigious fellowship awarded by the graduate school. This fellowship allowed her to further research, compile, and edit piano music by Black composers. In 2019, Leah was a prize winner in the ProMusicis International Music competition. This competition awarded her the Father Merlett Award for her high quality musical performance and commitment to social outreach. In 2018 she curated a sold out concert at the University of Michigan Museum of Art which featured instrumental and vocal music by Black American composers. In the same year, she recorded selections from Samuel Coleridge Taylor’s 24 Negro Melodies for piano solo and piano trio. In 2016 she was a top prize winner in the National Association of Negro Musicians National Piano Competition. In the same year she was awarded the University of Michigan Martin Luther King Spirit Award for her creation of a free piano program for local students where the focus of study was on the impact of Black classical piano composers. Leah has performed across the United States as well as Germany, Italy, and the Czech Republic. Most recently, she performed at Hiroshima University in Japan with the Asia America New Music Ensemble. Dr. Claiborne received her undergraduate degree from Manhattan School of Music where she received the Josephine Whitmore graduation award. This award was given to a graduating senior “whose personal qualities enriches the spirit of the school and community at large.” She received her Masters of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the University of Michigan. Dr. Claiborne currently teaches at the University of the District of Columbia where she serves as coordinator of keyboard studies and teaches the History of African American Music.

    ArtinaMcCain  Panelist Bio: Artina McCain

    Described as a pianist with “power and finesse” (Dallas Arts Society), “beautiful and fiery” (KMFA Austin) and having a “sense of color, balance and texture” (Austin Chamber Music Center) Artina McCain, has a built a three-fold career as a performer, educator and speaker. Recent performance highlights include guest appearances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Oregon East Symphony, and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. As a recitalist, her credits include performances at the Mahidol University in Bangkok, Hatch Recital Hall in Rochester, Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Jacksonville, FL and the Desoto Arts Commission in Desoto,TX. Dedicated to promoting the works of Black and other underrepresented composers, McCain curates Black Composers Concerts for multiple arts organizations and is an American Prize winner for her solo piano recordings of these works. She has toured the works of Black Female Composers with award-winning artists Gwendolyn Alfred, soprano and James Rodriguez, baritone. She has also won performance awards for curating the Austin Chamber Music Centers’ Black Composers Concert from the Austin Critics Table. In 2021, Hal Leonard will publish her transcriptions of African American Folk Songs. McCain is an advocate for musicians’ wellness. Her article on performance injury and Muscle Activation Techniques was published in Clavier Companion and she is a regular contributor for the Piano Magazine. To help other musicians, she hosts an annual Musicians Wellness Forum in Austin, TX which explores the benefits and options for alternative care. Artina has presented on these topics and others at the Music Teachers National Association Conference and the National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy. Currently, she is Assistant Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis. Artina McCain is a Yamaha Artist.

    DesireeGonzalez-Miller  Panelist Bio: Desiree Gonzalez-Miller

    Dr. Desireé González-Miller is an award-winning Mexican pianist and pedagogue. González-Miller is a frequent presenter at national and international music conferences. She maintains an active schedule as a performer, pedagogue, and researcher.

    JeanettaPowellHopkins  Panelist Bio: Jeanetta Powell Hopkins

    Jeanetta Powell Hopkins, pianist and music educator , earned her Bachelor of Music Education from Jackson State University. After receiving her degree she began a career as a music specialist with the Memphis City School district. During her tenure in the classroom, Jeanetta has taught elementary general music, middle school piano, middle and high school vocal arts. . Mrs. Hopkins teaching tenure included participation in a joint choral performanceI with the Germantown Symphony Orchestra Pops in the Park concert, superior ratings at the West Tennessee Choral Division and Tennessee American Choral Directors Association festivals and taken top honors in local Show Choir competition. Her greatest achievement while teaching High School music was the sold out production of a dinner theater fundraiser, A Madrigal Dinner.While serving as a public school educator, Jeanetta leveraged community stakeholders and created new partnerships to assist with additional arts opportunities and exposure for underrepresented students in Tampa, Florida. Her matriculation to Durham, North Carolina created additional opportunities for performances at the Annual Tobacco Tower Lighting, Evening of Entertainment and participation in All County Middle School Chorus. After serving in the public school system, Jeanetta chose the entrepreneurial path and opened the Bull City Music School with locations in Durham, Hillsborough, North Carolina. The demand for Bull City Music School birthed the virtual academy reaching California, Mississippi and Tennessee and Florida. Although Jeanetta is an accomplished educator, she also is an accompanist, having accompanied many church choirs and solo performers. Jeanetta is also a multi-instrumentalist, being able to play the violin, viola and organ. With a varied background she chose to focus on music education and develop her own company, Bull City Music School. Mrs. Hopkins currently serves as the director of Bull City Music School, managing talent development of teachers and students, community partnerships and the growing class offerings. Students under her tutelage have participated in local music programs securing superior and excellent ratings. She began the Bull City Music School Strings Ensemble and the Piano Ensemble to provide students with opportunities beyond private lessons for music making and performance. Jeanetta lives by the motto, “ To whom much is given, much is required” and created an outreach arm, Bull City Performing Arts Conservatory, to provide access to the arts for the community and underserved populations. Outside of Bull City Music School Jeanetta is the director of the Carolina Bowl Band and Director of Religious Education at Holy Cross Catholic Church.

    JoeWilliams  Panelist Bio: Joe Williams

    Joe Williams is a celebrator, artistic director, producer, teacher, advocate, pianist and coach. With the support of Lakewold Gardens, Williams founded Music from Home in 2019. The mission of this concert series is to celebrate the live musical expression of womxn and people of color. As artistic director, he is intent on supporting the work of numerous living composers, under-resourced performing artists, and arts institutions authentically committed to anti-racism, equity and belonging. Last summer, Music from Home proudly sponsored mezzo-soprano J’nai Bridges’ appearance at a fundraising event for Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center. T.U.P.A.C.’s goal is to provide our most deserving racially and socioeconomically diverse youth with world class opportunities to achieve Artistic Excellence in the performing arts. He recently provided musical performances for a fundraising event on behalf of the International Florence Price Festival. In 2018 he founded Tukwila Kids Make Music, a free after-school music instruction program situated in the most diverse zip code in the country. Williams regularly judges regional Washington Music Educators Association Solo and Ensemble Contests and is looking forward to judging this year’s Houston Forum Jazz Competition. He has presented piano masterclasses at Seattle University, Jackson State University and Canadian University Dubai. He has presented guest lectures at University of Puget Sound, Tacoma Community College, Lorain County Community College and University of California, Irvine. In addition to being a coach and pianist for Portland Opera’s Resident Artist Program, he also assists with curation and teaches a course focusing entirely on operas and art songs written by Black composers. He has performed at venues across the country, including the John F. Kennedy Center for Performings Arts, and abroad in Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. He has performed on numerous series highlighting composers of African descent: Celebrating Art/ists of the African Diaspora curated by Dr. Lora-Ellen McKinney, 253 SOULfood sessions curated by Kellie Richardson, Sundae Sermon: A Celebration of Black Folks curated by Chevon Powell, Renaissance & Remembrance: A Musical Celebration of Black History curated by Stephanie Ann Ball, Opera... From a Sistah's Point of View curated by Angela Brown, and Let the Strings Speak Love curated by Mona Terry & Lesa Terry. In 2017, he was invited to perform at Gateways Music Festival in Rochester, NY. This beautiful organization connects and supports professional classical musicians of African descent and enlightens and inspires communities through the power of performance. He is a member of the International Society for Black Musicians. In 2020, Williams was honored to produce a docu-concert featuring pianist and scholar Dr. William Chapman Nyaho. This film explores Nyaho’s most recent album “Kete” as well as his monumental 5 volume anthology “Piano Music from Africa and the African Diaspora.” Featured contributors include Music Teachers National Association President Martha Hilley and distinguished scholar Dr. Kofi Agawu, among others. He then served as creative director for “A Long Way from Home,” a docu-concert examining the subject of African-American spirituals in an art song context. He appears in “Still Dreaming: Frances Walker at 93,” a documentary which chronicles the life of his beloved late mentor, legendary pianist Frances Walker-Slocum. He is a juror for the 2021 Seattle Black Film Festival.

    MinjuChoi  Panelist Bio: Minju Choi

    Lauded for being “positively mesmerizing at the piano” by The Times-Tribune, Korean-American pianist Minju Choi has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician. Choi has been presented in recitals in cities in the U.S. and abroad, including Paris, New York City, Philadelphia, and Myra Hess Memorial Series in Chicago. She has performed solo concerts in prestigious venues such as David Geffen Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, Schola Cantorum in Paris, and Steinway Hall. Her 2018 solo debut album Boundless under Navona Records label garnered her a feature review in the Gramophone Magazine and has been performed on radio stations across North America and Europe. Dr. Choi is currently serving as an Assistant Professor of Piano at Missouri State University.

    WilliamChapmanNyaho  Panelist Bio: William Chapman Nyaho

    William Chapman Nyaho earned his degrees from St. Peter’s College, Oxford University, the Eastman School of Music and the University of Texas at Austin. He also studied at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, Switzerland. Chapman Nyaho currently serves on the faculty at Pacific Lutheran University and runs his private piano studio in Seattle. Washington. He is also on the summer faculty of Interlochen Center for the Arts. As an active solo recitalist, duo pianist, chamber musician and lecturer, his passion is advocating music by composers of African descent.

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