Core Values and Organizational Philosophy Statement

Core Values

  • Professional artistry
  • Joyful determination
  • Productive collaboration
  • Community ownership

 Organizational Philosophy Statement

  • We support and uplift each other, champion the music we love and demonstrate to the world that classical musicians of African descent do, indeed, exist.
  • We acknowledge that classical music belongs to all people, and that people of African descent have played an important role in classical music for centuries.
  • We seek to share our love of classical music with everyone, especially with people of African descent, many of whom are unaware of or have forgotten the African-American community’s rich classical music heritage and legacy.
  • We support efforts to increase the participation by people of African descent in classical music for the music’s ability to enrich the lives of individuals and communities and as an addition to our community’s already rich musical culture.
  • We support many of the classical music field’s efforts to be more inclusive, and specifically, to increase the participation of musicians of African descent, but affirm that the Festival does not exist solely to identify a solution for a problem that we (people of African descent) did not create.