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Moderators

Fred Bronstein, Dean, The Peabody Institute

Fred Bronstein

Fred Bronstein – an accomplished pianist, dedicated music educator, and successful chief executive of American symphony orchestras – began his appointment as the first dean of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University on June 1, 2014. He was renewed for a second five-year term beginning July 1, 2019. Continue reading Fred Bronstein’s bio>>


Alysia Lee (MM ’06, Vocal Performance), faculty and Next Normal Symposium Consultant, The Peabody Conservatory

Alysia LeeKennedy Center Citizen Artist, Alysia Lee has a full circle role as an artist, arts educator, teaching artist, and policymaker. This gives her a broad perspective of the arts ecosystem. Lee receives national recognition for advancing access, equity, and decolonization with artists, organizations, and communities. Her methods center on anti-racism, creativity, and justice. Continue reading Alysia Lee’s bio>>


Presenters

Alexander Lloyd Blake, conductor, composer/arranger, singer, Founding Artistic Director of Tonality

Headshot of Alexander Lloyd BlakeDr. Alexander Lloyd Blake works as an award-winning conductor, composer/arranger, vocal contractor, singer, and music activist. Named Musical America’s 30 Professionals of the Year in 2019 and the Louis Botto Award for Innovative actions and Entrepreneurial Zeal from Chorus America, Blake was recently featured in both the NY Times and LA Times for work in diversity and anti-racism within classical music. Continue reading Alexander Lloyd Blake’s bio>>

Presentation: Creating Social Justice Concerts


Garrett McQueen, bassoonist, conductor, producer and co-host of the TRILLOQUY podcast

Headshot of Garrett McQueenA proud native of Memphis, TN, Garrett McQueen is a bassoonist who has performed as a member of the South Arkansas Symphony, Jackson Symphony, American Youth Symphony, Memphis Repertory Orchestra, the Eroica Ensemble, and most recently, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. He has also collaborated with ensembles including the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Southeast Symphony, the Artosphere and Gateways Festival Orchestras, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Continue reading Garrett McQueen’s bio>>

Presentation: Decolonizing “Classical” Music


Panelists

Darin Atwater, founder, Soulful Symphony

Headshot of Darin AtwaterAn artistic force in the broadest and most creative sense of the word; Darin Atwater‘s career has encompassed the roles of composer, conductor, pianist, record producer, artist, arranger, film composer, vocalist, entrepreneur, educator, and arts advocate. As a master inventor of musical hybrids, he has blended American pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical, gospel music into many dazzling fusions, traversing virtually every medium, including records, live performance, radio and television – literally reinventing the symphony orchestra in America. Continue reading Darin Atwater’s bio>>


Camille Delaney McNeil, director, Beckmen YOLA Center, Los Angeles Philharmonic

Headshot of Camille Delaney-McNeilCamille Delaney-McNeil is a fierce advocate for social change through music for youth as well as a classically-trained singer and flutist. She received her Bachelors of Music from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Masters of Music from the Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University. Camille was previously Director of Programs with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra OrchKids program and now serves as the inaugural Director of the innovative and trail-blazing Beckmen YOLA Center and the YOLA program of the Los Angeles Philharmonic which opened its doors in September 2021. Continue reading Camille Delaney McNeil’s bio>>


Carl DuPont, vocalist; scholar; assistant professor of voice, Peabody Conservatory

Headshot of Carl DuPontCarl DuPont is an artist, innovator, and educator dedicated to Transformational Inclusion in the arts and Care of the Professional Voice. His articles can be found in The Laryngoscope and the Voice and Speech Review. He can be heard on the world premiere recordings of the Caldara Mass in A Major, The Death of Webern, and his solo album of art songs by Black composers entitled The Reaction. Continue reading Carl DuPont’s bio>>


Fredara Hadley, professor of ethnomusicology, The Juilliard School

Headshot of Fredara HadleyFredara Mareva Hadley, Ph.D. is an ethnomusicology professor in the Music History Department at The Juilliard School where she teaches courses on ethnomusicology and African American Music. Dr. Hadley has presented her research at universities and conferences both domestic and abroad and has been published in academic journals and other publications. Her commentary is featured in several documentaries including the recently released PBS doc-series, The Black Church, hosted by Professor Henry Louis Gates. Continue reading Fredara Hadley’s bio>>


Marc Bamuthi Joseph, vice president and artistic director of social impact, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Headshot of Marc Bamuthi JosephMarc Bamuthi Joseph is a 2017 TED Global Fellow, an inaugural recipient of the Guggenheim Social Practice initiative, and an honoree of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship. Joseph’s opera libretto, We Shall Not Be Moved, was named one of 2017’s “Best Classical Music Performances” by The New York Times. His evening length work created in collaboration with composer Daniel Bernard Roumain, “The Just and The Blind,” was commissioned by Carnegie Hall and premiered to a sold out house at Carnegie in March 2019. His upcoming piece, “Watch Night” is inspired by the forgiveness exhibited by the congregation of Emanuel AME church in Charleston, and will premiere at The Perelman Center in New York in 2022. Continue reading Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s bio>>


Jonathan Martin, president, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Headshot of Jonathan MartinJonathan Martin has served as President and CEO of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Cincinnati Pops, Cincinnati May Festival, and Music and Event Management, Inc. (MEMI) since September 2017.

Under Mr. Martin’s leadership, the CSO developed and is implementing a ten-year strategic plan and has greatly amplified its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion with focused strategies to address systemic exclusion of BIPOC individuals in orchestral music. Mr. Martin has led initiatives to address the challenges from COVID-19, including targeted fundraising and capital investments to strengthen its ability to produce and deliver digital content in a changed world.


Damien Sneed, pianist; organist; conductor; composer; producer; arranger; arts educator; faculty, Manhattan School of Music

Headshot of Damien SneedAs a multi-genre recording artist and instrumentalist, Damien Sneed is a pianist, vocalist, organist, composer, conductor, arranger, producer, and arts educator whose work spans multiple genres. He has worked with jazz, classical, pop, and R&B legends, including the late Aretha Franklin and Jessye Norman, which he is featured on Norman’s final recording, Bound For The Promised Land on Albany Records. He also worked with Wynton Marsalis, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Ashford & Simpson, J’Nai Bridges, Lawrence Brownlee, Brandie Inez Sutton and many others. Sneed has served as music director for Grammy Award-winning gospel artists The Clark Sisters, Richard Smallwood, Donnie McClurkin, Hezekiah Walker, Marvin Sapp, Karen Clark Sheard, Dorinda Clark-Cole and Kim Burrell, among others. Sneed is a 2020 Dove Award winner for his work as a featured producer and writer on the Clark Sisters’ new project, “The Return”, released on March 13, 2020. Continue reading Damien Sneed’s bio>>


Louise Toppin, soprano; professor of voice, University of Michigan; director of Videmus

Headshot of Louise ToppinLouise Toppin has received critical acclaim for her operatic, orchestral, and oratorio performances in the United States, Europe, Czech Republic, Sweden, Uruguay, Scotland, China, England, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Bermuda, Japan, and Spain. Continue reading Louise Toppin’s bio>>


Richard White, principal tuba, New Mexico Philharmonic and Santa Fe Symphony; professor of tuba, University of New Mexico

Richard WhiteWith over two decades of performing on the world’s classical music stages, tubist Richard White has matured into a musician known for his clear sound and stylistic flexibility. He began his tuba studies with Ed. Goldstein at age twelve at The Baltimore School for the Performing Arts, where he graduated with honors. He then went to the Peabody Conservatory of Music to study with David Fedderly (Principal Tubist, Baltimore Symphony) where he received his Bachelor’s degree. On the advice of Mr. Fedderly, Richard traveled to Indiana University to study with the legendary Professor Daniel Perantoni. He continued his studies there receiving both his Master’s and Doctoral degrees. Continue reading Richard White’s bio>>


Stephanie Ybarra, artistic director, Baltimore Center Stage; drama faculty, The Juilliard School

Headshot of Stephanie YbarraStephanie Ybarra began her tenure as Artistic Director of Baltimore Center Stage in 2018. Prior to working and playing in the Charm City, Stephanie served The Public Theater as the Director of Special Artistic Projects, where she led the Mobile Unit and Public Forum programs. Her career started in her home state of Texas, working with Dallas Theater Center and Dallas Children’s Theater. She then fled to cooler climates, spending time at Yale Repertory Theater, Two River Theater Company, and Citizen Schools, a national after school program based in Boston. During her time in New York, she co-founded the Artists’ Anti-Racism Coalition, a grassroots organizing effort to dismantle systems of oppression in the Off-Broadway community. Continue reading Stephanie Ybarra’s bio>>