In this episode, we hear from pianist, music educator, and researcher, Rod Vester, whose recent article in the Summer 2021 issue of Chamber Music Magazine urges ensembles and organizations not to abandon the racial equity commitments they made during 2020’s public reckoning. He talks about his personal connection to this work, highlights the importance of culture and belonging in D.E.I. initiatives, and gives tangible tips on how we can all know better, do better, and be better. 

Program Notes

Read “The Dangers of Returning to a Monochromatic Arts World” online: www.chamber-music.org/mag/2021/summe…x.html?page=28 

The term BIPOC is used throughout this episode. It stands for Black, Indigenous (and) People of Color and it is used to center those who have been most severely impacted by systemic racial injustices. 

Produced for Chamber Music America by Nichole L. Knight and Orchid McRae
Additional production assistance provided by Anna Nordmoe
Theme music by Orchid McRae (AKA orchidBB)

Music featured in this episode:
“It is Well Within My Soul” performed by Rod Vester, hymn by Horatio Spafford, and composed by Philip Bliss: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGoDPZUPJGE

Follow Rod

Instagram | YouTube: @RodVester

Website: www.rodvester.com