Music Academy of the West presents the 2nd annual

Classical Evolution / Revolution Conference  

Panel Discussions all JUNE 22 

Panels feature speakers from Disney, Sonos, Chineke!, NPR, National Sawdust, Americans For the Arts, Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, London’s Southbank Centre, and many more.


Interpreting the Value of American Arts & Culture

Shannon Connolly senior vice president and general manager, WQXR
Jeff Poulin arts education program manager, Americans for the Arts
Jay Raman, director, Cultural Programs Division, U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Neda Ulaby arts desk correspondent, National Public Radio


Tear Down the Walls! Access & Demand for Arts

Margo Drakos founder, ArtistYear
Michael John Garcés artistic director, Cornerstone Theater Company
Chi-chi Nwanoku founder, artistic and executive director, Chineke! (the first professional orchestra in Europe made up of majority black and minority ethnic musicians)
Chad Smith chief operating officer, Los Angeles Philharmonic; artistic director designate, Ojai Music Festival


Art Sparks Action – Social Justice Through the Eyes of the Artist

Vijay Gupta co-founder, Street Symphony; violinist, Los Angeles Philharmonic
Ted Hearne composer, associate professor of composition, USC Thornton School of Music
Paola Prestini composer, artistic director & co-founder, National Sawdust – Brooklyn, NY music incubator and performing arts venue


Gender & Power Dynamics in Music: A Long-Overdue Appraisal

Jorja Fleezanis Music Academy of the West faculty artist; Dorothy Richard Starling Chair in Violin, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Gillian Moore director of music, Southbank Center of London
Brenda Patterson mezzo-soprano; co-founder and director of music, Victory Hall Opera
Peabody Southwell actress, singer, director


The Road Less Traveled: Artist Entrepreneurs & Innovators

Brad Barrish director, customer care experience, Sonos
Clive Chang director, strategy and business development, Disney Theatrical Group
Louise Shackelton violinist, London Symphony Orchestra
Chandrika Tandon founder, Tandon Capital Associates, Inc; Grammy-nominated tambura artist