STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY FROM THE FACULTY OF THE UC BERKELEY DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC

We write to share in the grief and anger that has moved protesters around the country and the world to protest against the Black racism and violence that is pervasive in our society. Together, we mourn the life of George Floyd, and the lives of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Tony Robinson, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Philando Castile, and so many others whose lives were wrongfully cut short. We demand justice. Black Lives Matter.

The Berkeley Music Department is fully aware that this critical moment in U.S. history demands more than words. Therefore, we pledge to examine the ways in which structural racism has shaped our own institution, informed our curriculum, and shaped our pedagogies, research, and labor practices. We will use the tools of the arts and education to teach antiracism, center and recognize the labor of people of color, and highlight the histories that have brought us to this point and the structures that have to be dismantled. As musicians, as scholars, and as educators, we can make sure that our creative work and our teaching explicates histories and structures of complicity (starting with our own), calls out systemic oppression, and promotes discourses of racial justice. We acknowledge that this is challenging work: it demands continuous care, time, and an enduring commitment to education on the part of faculty and students. The Music Department commits to working hard to dismantle these structures in order to make our campus and department community more inclusive and equitable for all people.

As a first step, we commit now to host a Town Hall in the Fall semester of 2020 where we will accept proposals from students and faculty on how to confront racial injustice within our Department. If you would like to get involved in the organization of this event, please contact the Department’s Equity Advisor, Maria Sonevytsky, at msonevytsky@berkeley.edu.

Signed,
David Milnes, chair, on behalf of the Music Department

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

MORRISON BEDROOM EXPERIMENT

Music 116: Jazz Theory and Performance students released an album called “Cool It,” recorded entirely during shelter in place during Spring 2020.

UENO AWARDED CREATIVE DISCOVERY GRANT

Prof. Ken Ueno was recently awarded a Creative Discovery Grant from Berkeley Arts + Design to reimagine his composition class to respond to the pandemic

OLIVARES NAMED ASSOCIATE COMPOSER

Graduate student Clara Olivares was announced Associate-Composer at Paris Chamber Orchestra. Her commissions include a piece to be played along Mozart’s Requiem and her piece “Blue Spine” amongst others

COSKUNSEVEN ON RADIO FRANCE

Graduate Composition Student Didem Coskunseven’s piece “what makes a river?” will be performed live by the New Gates Trio on France Musique 

LO AWARDED BCNM FELLOWSHIP

Composition Graduate Student Kevin CK Lo was awarded BCNM Summer Research Fellowship to create new music involving an industry LiDAR sensor as an interactive component at CNMAT

SIMON DARTMOUTH FELLOW

Musicology Graduate Student Danni Simon has accepted a three-year postdoc at the Dartmouth Society of Fellows beginning fall 2020

STUDENT TECH EQUITY PROGRAM

Students who do not have access to the technology resources they need are invited to apply now to the Student Tech Equity Program (STEP) to be considered for a new laptop, Wi-Fi hotspot, or other resources to support their studies in time for Fall semester

BLANTON PROMOTED AT CADRE

Current Ph.D. composition student Andrew Blanton has been given tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in the Digital Media Art program and CADRE Media Labs at San Jose State University

GOURLEY PRESENTS IN AUSTRALIA

Ryan Gourley presented at the “Music and Politics in the 1930s” symposium hosted at the University of Melbourne.

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