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Institute for Composer Diversity

Music Composed by Women is Art. Programming is Not.

Music Composed by Women is Art. Programming is Not.

…a particularly pernicious pattern of argumentation that I want to identify, debate, and debunk. It is the argument that consciously selecting music with the aim of increasing equity, inclusion, and diversity in classical music makes it less likely that the performer will program “the best music,” the music of highest artistic integrity, because they are now selecting for an arbitrary trait rather than solely based on the musical merits.

Here’s what’s wrong with that:

Jordan Randall Smith is the Music Director of Symphony Number One.