Inaugural Humanist Residency

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What tools do the next generation of professional musicians need to thrive in the 21st century? It’s been an honor and privilege this year to be thinking about that question alongside some inspiring colleagues at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where I’ve been working with students at the Glenn Gould School and with the larger community. Today I’m delighted to share news that the school has formalized my role through a newly created position as the RCM’s inaugural Humanist-in-Residence.

This work grows from a firmly held belief that, in addition to helping students master their instruments, music schools should be giving them the tools to communicate their art through richly embedded narratives of meaning, connection, and urgency. Students should be empowered to think of themselves not only as interpreters of a score but as vital creative stewards of shared cultural memory.