Dear Students, Colleagues, Alumni, and Friends,
Greetings from the Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music! What a joy it has been to greet our gifted new student artists and to welcome back our returning artist-scholars at our (virtual) School of Music Convocation earlier this week! We are grateful that we are able to offer compelling and meaningful music instruction in three modalities this Fall 2020 semester: on-campus instruction (with strict safety guidelines in place), on-line classes, and hybrid instruction. We have engaged in tremendous planning throughout the entire summer to prepare for this extraordinary Fall 2020 semester.
These past months have been an unprecedented time of intense challenge. As our nation is fighting two pandemics--the COVID 19 virus and the pandemic of racism in America, our music faculty and staff have worked extraordinarily hard to forge positive paths forward.
The Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music is united against intolerance of any kind. We are committed to equality, justice and freedom for all members of our School of Music community and our world, through our collective voice, our creative energy and our love for music. We are dedicated to living up to our Mason mission to be an "inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world." We have established new initiatives for this academic year with an emphasis on (1) integrating a broader set of musical experiences and styles into our music curriculum, (2) commissioning two new works by Black Composers (premiered by our students in May 2020), (3) establishing a Black Artists Series to include masterclasses and round-table discussions, and (4) inviting guest artists from diverse backgrounds for a Global Music Series with our student artists.
We are thrilled to invite you to our Grand Piano Celebration on September 13th at 3 pm featuring extraordinary student and faculty artists (including piano, voice, and trumpet ensemble). With a tribute from Mason President Gregory Washington, this virtual concert celebrates the renaming of our School in honor of the Reva and Sid Dewberry Family.
We look forward to a wonderful semester of awesome music at Mason and hope you will be joining us virtually!