Music has the capacity to register notes of representation and recognition of our range of humanity, and to stir up our connection long before we were taught that difference is seeded in hate. We meet each other in the truths and truth-telling of keys, tonality, lyrics - and more – always reminding us that what is indelibly signified is the fullness of all that we are – whoever we are. In the sound and the silence, and all that’s in between, we learn that inclusion is to hold one another as our “brothers’/sisters’, indeed - everyone’s keeper. That is to say, we are the incantation of dreams born of our diverse imagination, and free to demonstrate an arrangement of solos and choirs inspired by honoring souls - one to another. With inclusivity, we are the expression of all of our identities in communion and in concert.
Anya Booker (Associate Dean, UCLA School of Arts and Architecture)