College of Fine Arts, School of Music

The Diversity & Inclusion Event Co-Sponsorship Grant program supports diverse programming that features artists and subjects representing a wide variety of identities and perspectives. Students, faculty, and staff in the College of Fine Arts and the division of Arizona Arts are eligible to apply.

Spring Deadline: Friday, March 29, 2024 for events beginning no earlier than May 31, 2024
Award: $1,000 – $2,000

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Drs. Daniel Linder and Elizabeth Schauer discuss how the Diversity & Inclusion Event Co-Sponsorship Grants have benefited their program and impacted students.

Daniel Linder
2024 Trester Festival for Latin American Music (School of Music)

“I am grateful for the Arizona Arts Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s continued support of the Trester Festival for Latin American Music through a Diversity & Inclusion Event Co-Sponsorship grant. This grant helped the the School of Music piano area bring two internationally respected performer-pedagogues on our campus: Argentinian pianist Dr. Alejandro Cremaschi (University of Colorado Boulder) and Peruvian pianist Dr. Priscila Navarro (Whitworth University).

“The opening event of the festival was the 14th Annual Lois Trester Competition, which was open to undergraduate and graduate piano students. The competition highlighted works by Latin American composers: both of our guest artists served as adjudicators for the final round. Participants received written feedback from the guest artists, who also selected the prizewinners. Dr. Navarro performed an inspiring solo piano recital featuring lesser-known Latin American dance sets from the 19th and 20th centuries paired with a selection of pieces by two superstar living composers: Tania León and Jimmy López Bellido. Dr. Cremaschi presented an engaging and informative lecture-recital on his recently published updated edition of Ginastera’s Doce Preludios Americanos, Op. 12. Both guest artists worked with current piano students performing works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Alberto Ginastera, and Manual Ponce in a master class that afternoon.

“This grant helped us in a few ways: this funding helped us to bring both Alejandro and Priscila to campus – bringing guest artists to campus costs money to cover the modest honoraria we offer them and to cover travel expenses. Grants like this one are needed to support the core values of the School of Music, which include exploration and inclusion.

“The festical promotes reflection on and reconsideration of the established canon of piano repertoire by participants and members of the audience and promotes diversity and inclusivity in the piano repertoire. The music students who participate in the competition at the heart of the festival learn and perform at least one significant work for piano by a Latin American composer. This festival promotes the performance and study of this music by all students in the department. The piano faculty have observed greater enthusiasm for Latin American music in our department. Our students enthusiastically are learning and performing works representing many cultures and identities from across Latin America.

Elizabeth Schauer
Performance of “Terza Messa” by Marianna von Martines (School of Music)

“The grant will help us to be able to produce a performance and recording of a work composed by a largely overlooked/historically excluded composer who was a successful contemporary of Mozart. This will be the first performance of the full work since her lifetime – over 262 years ago. Our event is at the end of the semester.

“The grants I have received from this source have been very valuable in creating more diverse and inclusive programming – not only this performance, but also the Choral Studies Distinguished Speakers Series. This body of free online lectures on choral repertoire not typically included in most curricula. We use it in our own conductor training program at the School of Music, but also by our students as the finish their degrees and go out to teach. In fact, any other conducting training programs may use the series anywhere in the globe. The lectures have already been implemented in other graduate choral programs, helping to affect large-scale change in our profession.

“Our students are perhaps the most direct beneficiaries of this support, since the choir members will have the opportunity to perform this work with orchestra and soloists. Plus, the recording that is generated also will encourage more performances of the work. One of our former students recently created the first published score of the work. The rehearsals and performance of this work will help to clarify issues related to performance and to tweak any errors or problems in the scores. Following the performance, the score and recording will become available to the public, and bring light and appropriate attention to this outstanding, overlooked female composer.”

2023 Awardees

Spring 2023

  • Chelsea Farrar | Pulse: Weavings and Paintings  by Marlowe Katoney (University of Arizona Museum of Art)
  • Edward Goodman | Residency of Kevin Day (School of Music)
  • Jackie Glazier | Disability as a Creative Source (School of Music)
  • Yuanyuan (Kay) HE | TURN UP Multimedia Festival 2024 (School of Music)

Fall 2023

  • Dr. Daniel Linder | 2024 Trester Festival for Latin American Music (School of Music)
  • Dr. Elizabeth Schauer | Performance of Terza Messa by Marianna von Martines (School of Music)
  • Jaime Elena Abarca | Call to Queer Artists (School of Art)
  • Jenna Green | The Place Where Clouds are Formed artist panel (Center for Creative Photography)