Alyssa Cossey

Alyssa Cossey

Session 7

Friday March 11th - 2:00pm

Amplifying Womxn’s Voices: An Intersectional Approach to Equity in the Choral Ensemble

Session Description

2020 changed our world and brought much-needed attention to issues of diversity, equity, access, and inclusion within our profession, but it will take all of us to enact real and long-lasting change. Utilizing an intersectional approach, this session will address equity through programming by highlighting repertoire written by womxn, acknowledging the intersection of race and gender in choral repertoire, and providing suggestions for how to reframe or replace problematic music. Attendees will also have access to composer and repertoire databases, informative playlists and podcasts, and a “Repertoire Accountability Checklist” to help evaluate repertoire through a more equitable lens.

Clinician Bio

Dr. Alyssa Cossey is an Assistant Professor of Choral Music and Music Education at the University of Arizona. She currently serves on the Arizona ACDA Board as the Collegiate R&R Coordinator and on the Western Region ACDA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Her research interests include performance practice issues in twentieth-century music, culturally responsive pedagogy, and intersectional feminism in the arts. Dr. Cossey holds a DMA from Michigan State University, an MM from California State University, Fullerton, and a BA from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.