May19

Challenging equity in Canadian orchestras: Is Change Possible?--Muscan Conference Paper

Grant MacKewan University--Downtown campus, Edmonton

Canadian University Music Society 2018 Conference. "Challenging equity in Canadian orchestras" draws upon research undertaken for Orchestras Canada through 2017-2018. In this paper, I will problematize the ethical issues confronting Canadian orchestras in a post-Truth and Reconciliation Commission era; most significantly, the perpetuation of cultural colonialism and exoticism in Western art music's advocacy and marketing strategies. These are issues that will also affect, and ultimately, disrupt the prerogatives of Western classical music's training institutions in Canada.