A Message from the Frost School of Music

A Message from the Frost School of Music

By UM News

A Message from the Frost School of Music

By UM News
Too many in our communities spend their days looking over their shoulders in fear, while at the same time knowing that what is in front of them is no better  - subtle gestures of distrust and disrespect, too often unnoticed by those eliciting them.  
Bigotry and prejudice are pure expressions of ignorance, which as an institution of higher learning it is our mission to abhor.  Unfortunately, subtle and overt prejudice are deeply woven into the fabric of society.  Therefore, it falls on each of us to reweave our world, vigorously and intentionally.  We do this through love - real love for our brothers and sisters on our planet.  We also stand up, vigorously and relentlessly to those who have forgotten that we are all one humankind. 
 
The latest victims of the worst-intended among us were real people, with real lives, and real families left behind. They had names - Please say them:
George Floyd
Breonna Taylor
Ahmaud Arbery
 
We vow to honor them in our words, our music, and our deeds.
 
Perfection is not the province of the human race, but striving to be better is a core principle for the students, staff, and faculty of the Frost School of Music. There is much work to be done, in society and in our school.   Music is the mortar of humanity, with the power to reveal and cultivate the best in human behavior.  We pledge to use our study and performance of music in service to a more equitable, loving, and empowering society.
 
When diversity is woven into a culture, better decisions are made, and in our case -  better, more profound, and more innovative music and scholarly discoveries are made.  We are a better school because of our diversity, and we can be far better still.  The Frost School of Music will continue an open and glaringly-honest discussion and inquiry, so that we can hear you, respond to you, and engender the world that you deserve.  We want our music and ourselves to be a shining light, and an inspiration to others.  We know you will join with us, and together we will do our best.
 
Sincerely,
Shelton G. Berg
Dean, Patricia L. Frost Professor of Music