Manhattan School of Music Announces Class of 2021-22 Fellows and School’s Citizen Artist-in-Residence


The Manhattan School of Music has announced its 2021-22 Artist Class of Fellows. Researchers will open a space for dialogue on issues of racial equity, inclusion and representation by recounting their own experiences.

This year’s 10 fellows represent esteemed and influential artists, activists, educators and artistic leaders. This year’s class includes Justine Chen, composer, violinist and educator; Khori Dastoor, Managing Director and CEO of Houston Grand Opera (as of January 2022); Ras Dia, artistic programmer focusing on young people; blogger, author, speaker and activist Hannah L. Drake; the brothers Aldo López-Gavilán, pianist and composer, and Ilmar Gavilán (MM ’01), violinist; Marc Bamuthi Joseph (“Bamuthi”), 2017 TED Global Fellow and Vice President and Artistic Director of Social Impact at the Kennedy Center; Lucia Lucas, baritone and activist; Britton Smith, actor, president of Broadway Advocacy Coalition; and Ed Yim, director of content and senior vice president, WQXR (New York classical music radio station).

Fellows will join MSM in a variety of forums including panels, seminars, focus groups, special performances, musical collaborations, and mentoring. The program is part of the School’s Cultural Inclusion Initiative.

MSM also announced that Phil Chan, activist, author and educator, has been named the school’s Citizen Artist-in-Residence. Chan is the co-founder of Final Bow for Yellowface, an influential organization that advocates for the elimination of offensive Asian stereotypes from the performing arts stages. As the school’s Citizen Artist-in-Residence, Chan will host four workshops and participate in a Community Reads book club event that will focus on her book, “Final Bow for Yellowface: Dancing between Intention and Impact.”

“We believe in the collective responsibility to bring a more inclusive canon to the conservatory’s curriculum,” executive vice president and provost Joyce Griggs said in the school press release. “MSM continues to focus on the important work of creating a more comprehensive education, and this year’s list of artist scholarship recipients represents a significant extension of that effort. “


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