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Decolonizing Music Education: A Roundtable with Rhiannon Giddens, Francesco Turrisi, Charles Chip Mc Neal, and Loren Kajikawa

January 22, 2021: This roundtable address histories of exclusion and white privilege within music education here in the United States and in a global context. How can music scholars, educators, professionals, and musicians identify, understand, and evaluate anti-colonial or decolonizing practices even as they are often entrenched in Western models of music making and colonial logics? Rhiannon and Francesco, along with guest panelists Charles Mc Neal (Director of Diversity, Equity, and Community, San Francisco Opera) and Loren Kajikawa (Associate Professor of Music, George Washington University), bring their own unique experiences as lifelong music learners and their expertise in an array of musical genres, canons, and institutions–including jazz, hip hop, and African American folk music, opera, Baroque music, Italian and Irish folk traditions, Arabic music, and more. Moderated by Christina Zanfagna.

October 29, 2020 – Renowned international music conservatory Manhattan School of Music (MSM) today unveiled its inaugural roster of Artist Scholars, an accomplished and influential list of Black performers, educators, activists, directors, choreographers, and administrators that includes Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Anthony Davis, acclaimed classical pianist Lara Downes, chamber musicians, Imani Winds, novelist Tayari Jones, and social justice advocate, artivist-rssearcher, Charles Chip Mc Neal among many others. The School’s inaugural 2020–21 class of Artist Scholars, will join MSM in a variety of forums, including panels, seminars, discussion groups, special performances, musical collaborations, and mentorship. The program, part of the School’s Cultural Inclusion Initiative 

Commonwealth Club of California Reflections Town Hall convenes a panel of thought leaders to address the role of arts organizations in combating systemic racism. Speakers: Deborah L. Gould M.D., Leader in Medical Care Delivery, Compliance, Ethics and Diversity and Inclusion, The Permanente Medical Group Northern California; Charles Chip McNeal, Director of Diversity, Equity and Community, San Francisco Opera; S. Shariq Yosufzai, Board President, Berkeley Symphony, Board Member, San Francisco Opera and Cal Performances; Former Vice President of Global Diversity, Chevron Corporation; Joseph Young Music Director, Berkeley Symphony; Artistic Director of Ensembles, Peabody Conservatory; Resident Conductor, National Youth Orchestra–USA, Carnegie Hall; Michael Morgan, Music Director, Oakland Symphony; Artistic Director, Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra; Music Director, Bear Valley Music Festival; Music Director, Gateways Music Festival; Jeremy Geffen, Executive and Artistic Director, Cal Performances; Former Senior Director and Artistic Advisor, Carnegie Hall; Jeff Benson Executive Director, Treasurer and Social Media Marketing Professional, SWAG Foundation Co-presented with The Berkeley Symphony

Charles Chip Mc Neal Helps SF Opera Open Its Doors a Little Wider | San Francisco Classical Voice – sfcv.orgTalking about his role as head of the recently created Department of Diversity, Inclusion and Community at the San Francisco Opera, Charles Chip Mc Neal gets a little choked up, thinking of his colleagues’ willingness to try to change their own biases. “There’s not a week that goes by that people don’t come to me — I’ve had meetings with hiring managers, people who hire hundreds of …

SF Opera Launches New Equity, Diversity, and Community Department

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SF Opera Launches New Equity, Diversity, and Community Department
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 
Posted by: Rotimi Agabiaka
Almost 100 years since its founding, the Bay Area’s largest performing arts organization is taking steps to build a more equitable future. At the start of the summer, San Francisco Opera announced that it would create a new department of Equity, Diversity, and Community. Led by award-winning educator and civic leader Charles Chip Mc Neal and a team of two full-time staff, the department is just finishing its first month of work.

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Commonwealth Club: San Francisco Opera: Equity Diversity and Inclusion August 21, 2019

Matthew Shilvock, general director of the San Francisco Opera, has announced that San Francisco Opera, which has the largest performing arts organization staff in the Bay Area, has created a department of equity, diversity and inclusion to meet an institutional commitment both within the organization and externally. The department will implement strategies to build organizational capacity, structures and policies to help ensure San Francisco Opera is a welcoming, inclusive place to work and experience opera. The San Francisco Opera will continue its Arts Resources in Action (ARIA) residency program, which connects K–8 students and teachers to the process of opera creation across multiple visits, as well as the ARIA dress rehearsal and professional development programs. It will also continue select Community. Understanding. Engagement. (CUE) programs, the company’s suite of programs for the broader community of adults, families and youth, building conversation and engagement around the stories being told on the War Memorial Opera House stage. Charles Chip Mc Neal will lead the new department. Mc Neal is currently senior curriculum and program manager in the San Francisco Opera education department.

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San Francisco Opera Establishes Department Of Diversity, Equity And Community

General Director Matthew Shilvock today announced the establishment of the Department of Diversity, Equity and Community at San Francisco Opera. Charles Chip Mc Neal, currently Senior Curriculum & Program Manager in the San Francisco Opera Education Department, will lead the new department, becoming the Company’s first Director of Diversity, Equity and Community effective August 1, 2019.

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Chip on a local TV show talking about arts education and his role at the SF Opera.

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