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Presented By: School of Music, Theatre & Dance

“Reflecting on the past...Reaching toward the future, II” – an African American Music Conference

Hosted by Dr. Louise Toppin, Videmus, and The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance

This conference focuses on the curation of music of the African Diaspora for future research and performance. Through a series of lectures, panels and performances by leading scholars, composers, and performers, attendees will discuss rediscovered operas (Freeman, Perry, Boatner and White); have conversations on the newly created operas on African American themes; hear a workshop performance of Edmonia by William Banfield; discuss sociopolitical musical thought, and the 400 year suite (commemorating 400 years since the beginning of slavery); discuss innovations in art song curation; discuss institutional aspects of diverse faculty and student development; composer discussions about the creation and delivery of African American music; discuss the duality of composition and preaching; creating sustainable organizations for African American music; discuss the salon for building black musical thought and much more.

Featured presentations by Dr. Kyra Gaunt, Dr. Tammy Kernodle, Dr. Naomi André and Dr. Mark Lomax lead an illustrious lineup of presenters and performers.  

Here is the full conference program:

Conference panels will be live-streamed here:

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  • Free–registration required

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