Department of Music

Department of Music Message:

We hope you are staying safe and healthy, and we write to you with concern over everything that's been happening over the past few weeks and months.  

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery are only the most recent names added to the list of victims of four hundred years of systemic racism and oppression in this country. Furthermore, as the UNCW Faculty Senate has stated, “We would be remiss not to acknowledge Wilmington’s historical racial injustices towards the Black community, from the 1898 Coup to the 1971 Riots and the subsequent wrongful convictions of the Wilmington Ten.” We want to affirm to you – unequivocally – that Black Lives Matter

As musicians, it is our responsibility to understand the socio-historical contexts in which music is created and use our art to foster cultural empathy. Our art has so much power. It can be a safe haven of beauty and brilliance in a cruel world. It can shed light on injustice, and it can advocate for change, as exemplified by these two recent works:

With all of this in mind, we are currently looking to diversify our curricula and programs to include more voices of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color). Our hope is to provide you with an education that more accurately reflects the world we live in, and we are committed to taking action to achieve this. In shaping our shared future, we value your input about how to create a more inclusive environment within the department.

These are extraordinary times. Please reach out to any of us if you need support or further resources. We are here to listen.

Sincerely,
The UNCW Department of Music Faculty