We, members of the staff and faculty of the University of Puget Sound School of Music, affirm that Black Lives Matter. The killing of George Floyd and other unconscionable attacks on Black people and communities continue to expose the insidiousness of institutionalized racial injustice in the United States.
We understand that music making is not a neutral act. We are conscious that our performances and curricular planning can contribute to systemic injustices that enable racism to continue. We aim to better understand the cultural values that have shaped the sounds we study, create, and perform. We aim to confront those values which have excluded or diminished people of color. We aim to become better listeners.
We believe that a School of Music must serve and support not only its students, but its local and extended communities. We recognize the reach, and therefore the responsibility, that our public-facing concerts, lectures, and streamed events afford us. We aim to amplify those voices which too often go unheard.
We commit to including Black people, perspectives, and voices in our concerts and curriculum. In our 2020-21 season, every concert by a large ensemble will feature a work by a composer of African descent. Our Jacobsen Faculty Recital Series will address themes of social justice. These programming actions run parallel to the work that we will do in our classes to center people of color as music-makers in history and in the world today.
We are ready to listen and to act. Black Lives Matter.
Gwynne Kuhner Brown
Ricardo De La Torre
James W. Doyle
J. Edmund Hughes