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May 13, 2017
STEVEN SCHICK DELIVERS KEYNOTE SPEECH AT NEW MUSIC GATHERING



  Distinguished Professor and Reed Family Presidential Chair Steven Schick delivered the keynote address at this year's New Music Gathering, an annual get-together for performers, composers and researchers within the contemporary music community. Taking place May 11 through 1 3 at Ohio's Bowling Green State University, this year's New Music Gathering focused on the importance of support and sustainability within the artistic community: the support musicians lend one another in order to foster creativity and establish a safe space for music and its practitioners to continue marching into the future.

"Talk about support," Schick said during his address. "When I first touched a drum as a child in a small Iowa town, I also touched the lives of my musical ancestors- drummers, most of whose names we no longer know, who centuries ago played under the starry skies of West Africa or escorted a funeral march in New Orleans or, like my great grandfather, led a regiment of Mr. Lincoln's army into battle. I also touched the life of the animal that gave its skin, and held in my hand the tree that was felled to make the shell. Percussion was my outward-bound conduit to everywhere and everything."

To read Schick's entire speech, follow this link.


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