How we work

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Hearing in Color additionally focuses on workshop initiatives, informing singers and pianists of all background and ethnicities how to approach this music, bring it into their repertoire, and teach it to their students. Hearing in Color believes this approach is particularly powerful in classical music where so much of the repertoire in the western music canon is passed down from teacher to student. Unless an effort is made to significantly disrupt this apprentice/mentor model, it is extremely difficult for works to become part of this body of “known” repertoire. This is particularly troubling when examining the demographic makeup of faculty at notable music conservatories; for example: 87.1% of faculty Curtis Institute of Music are white, and at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 73.9% are white.

Hearing in Color believes that to effectively share song beyond the ‘ivory towers’ of conservatories, the music must speak to the communities it attempts to reach. We firmly believe that art song can be relevant to all experiences, but that it is most effectively done when the songs represent and amplify the voices of its audiences. Too often, classical music attempts outreach and education as a strategy to gain new concert-goers, without the critical element of incorporating those respective communities’ voices in the music itself. We integrate high-quality musical experiences with community-building initiatives to introduce song in a meaningful and lasting way for new audiences.

 

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