Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music: Performance and University Honors
Music -- Philosophy, Music -- History, Music -- Social aspects, Music -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Evaluation
Classical music academia is built upon a competitive, isolationist and judgmental framework. Despite the progressive attitudes, aspirations and actions of Portland State University, the foundations and structures of white supremacy, misogyny, patriarchy and capitalism are alive and thriving in the walls of classrooms, practice rooms and higher education. These systems oppress individuals, and in my mind, oppress and constrain the art they create. These conversations along with my queer politics, my love for music and my concerns for the future and contemporary state of academic musicianship and pedagogy lead me to develop this event: Seeking Creative Control. I have attempted to address such complicated issues personally, musically, visually thanks to Victoria Gallegos, in the brief program notes and more extensively in the following thesis. As a cellist, a queer woman and budding activist, I have attempted to create a recital that incorporates my passions and social justice goals.
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Monroe, Cecelia E., "Seeking Creative Control: Musical Decisions & Activist Aspirations" (2019). University Honors Theses. Paper 759.