Issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and anti-racism have been central to the work of the conservatories over the last academic year. This panel will bring together leaders from across the field to discuss what their specific organizations have done and how we might all work toward greater equality within the field.
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Senior Associate Dean of Institute Studies Abra K. Bush, DMA, oversees all elements of the curriculum and personnel for the academic and applied study areas of the Peabody Institute, including faculty affairs, Academic Affairs, Ensemble Operations, and the Arthur Friedheim Music Library. Read Abra Bush's full bio>>
Carl DuPont, DMA, is a vocalist equally engaged in performing, teaching, and research, whom The South Florida Classical Review has celebrated for his “dramatic, dark tones.” Major operatic credits include productions at The Glimmerglass Festival, Columbus Opera, Opera Carolina, First Coast Opera, Toledo Opera, Opera Saratoga, Sarasota Opera, Cedar Rapids Opera, El Palacio de Bellas Artes, Opera Company of Brooklyn, and Leipzig Opera. His world premieres include the title character in Dennis Rodman in North Korea, as well as Why Peace is Always a Good Idea at Carnegie Hall, under the baton of composer Jacqueline Hairston. In the role of Murray on the world premiere recording of Death of Webern, Fanfare Magazine noted his “lyricism that underpins every statement.”
DuPont has developed and now teaches a course on African American Art Song Composers. This course aligns with his research in Transformative Inclusion in higher music education and care of the professional voice. His publications include “Make the Door Open: Groundbreaking African American Teachers of Singing” in Voice and Speech Review, and a co-authored article, “The Economic Impact of Vocal Attrition in Public School Teachers in Miami-Dade County” for The Laryngoscope with colleagues from the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. He has presented original research in conferences in Europe and North America. Read Carl DuPont's full bio>>
Dr. Derrick Gay currently consults with organizations, both domestically and abroad, on issues of Diversity and Inclusion. Over the past 23 years, he has partnered with over 500 organizations across numerous sectors to deepen DEI capacity; enhance inclusion and engagement; attract, hire, and retain the best talent; and design strategy to maximize education and business goals.
Dr. Gay’s work has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, El Tiempo Latino, NPR, 60 Minutes, and others. He has also produced two TEDx Talks, exploring the challenges around the word diversity and the nature of racial discourse in the United States.
Fluent in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, Dr Gay currently consults around the world in these languages. His clients range from independent schools, financial services, law, fashion, foundations, business schools , orchestras, international schools and global travel companies. Currently, Dr. Gay lectures at Columbia Business School and the International Fashion Academy in Paris, France, in addition to serving as a senior consultant at Sesame Street.
A proud graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and Oberlin College, Dr. Gay leads work at the intersection of music and DEI. He has worked with Peabody Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Phantom of the Opera, Young People's Chorus of New York, Chicago Children's Chorus, to name a few.
Joyce Griggs serves as the Executive Vice President and Provost of the Manhattan School of Music, one of the premier conservatory’s in the United States. She enjoys a multifaceted career as an academic leader, a saxophonist with numerous commissions, a mentor to young professionals, a panelist at national conferences, and a consultant in strategic planning and visioning within higher education. Her career has been fueled by a dedication to serve performing arts higher education institutions. In her early career, she balanced maintaining a private studio, performing as a chamber musician, and working as an academic administrator.
Griggs values and promotes a leadership style built on trust and collaboration with faculty and administrative colleagues and fosters an environment that supports students from diverse backgrounds. She holds an intense passion for ensuring curriculum is more inclusive and expands the traditional male-dominated, Euro-centric historical context of music study to be more reflective of our current and past societies by finding connections between music and the humanities to demonstrate the transformative qualities the arts have in society.