US conductor accuses classical music of ‘implicit bias’main
The conductor Brandon Keith Brown, who lost his job at Brown University two years ago after student complaints of harshness, has published an extensive article accusing every corner of classical music of prejudice against minorities.
Each season, administrators, musicians, and artist managers exclude Black conductors from subscription concerts. Perhaps they believe racial equity will increase competition, decrease their control, opportunities, and power, and compromise white superiority. In any case, audiences learn we’re inferior.…
Musicians may work their whole lives without experiencing Black conductors, and never realize a sense of loss. Musicians learn we lack competence, and our musicianship has no value.
Bias through suspicion, and doubt accompany guest engagements. We’re regarded as disposable tokens, hired at the grace of White administrations, not because we earned it. Musicians sometimes disrespect us with impunity.
Not playing when cued or at all
Overly disgruntle/uncooperative behavior
Lack of attention and focus
Vocal hostility (i.e. yelling)
Changing parts at the concert to cause confusion
Not showing up to rehearsals on time or at all.
Read on here.