The Conservatory's Affirmation

The faculty and staff at the Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific stand in support of Black Americans as well as Indigenous and people of color across the country. We condemn the historic and continuing forms of racism that pervade our society and institutions.

As an academic unit, we acknowledge that we have not acted as if Black lives and Black music have mattered, and that we must do so to serve our students, faculty, staff and community. We commit to:

  • Educating ourselves about issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in arts education
  • Changing our curriculum to reflect the experiences of historically marginalized groups
  • Eliminating forms of systemic oppression within our governance structures, policies and procedures

In doing so, we renew our dedication to “integrity in all our actions and decisions, accountability and transparency” (excerpt, Conservatory of Music Mission Statement).

2023 Special Event
Conservatory sponsors The Sumit on Black Music

The Conservatory sponsored the first Summit on Black Music in the Orchestra and the Motown Christmas concert organized by Stockton Soul Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2023, on the Stockton Campus. Several conservatory alumni, students and faculty participated in the events. In his keynote speech, Joshua Washington '12 shed light on how Black musical approaches can and should be incorporated into the orchestra.

The Motown Christmas 2023 flier
Student actor on stage as Cinderella
Student Experience
Pacific Opera Theatre breaks cultural stereotypes

The 2023 production of Sondheim's "Into the Woods" had a diverse and inclusive cast of students, often breaking stereotypical interpretations of the characters. As a performer of the Hmong background, vocal performance major Jordan Yang '24 believes that she added a new dimension to her character's story. "I wanted to give audiences a different image of Cinderella instead of the stereotypical damsel in distress. I dug deep into her backstory for guidance and I realized that she is just as complex and human as everyone else," said Yang.

Student Experience
Conservatory's student selected as an Emerging Composers Fellow

Music composition major Mary Denney ’24 was the only undergraduate student selected for the Emerging Composers Fellow program at the 2023 Women Composers Festival of Hartford. The program provides qualifying college students with mentorship, masterclasses and opportunities to work with a professional chamber ensemble.

Music composition major Mary Denney
Ryan Abdelmalek
Student Experience
Music education major honors civil rights icons

"Chávez's and Parks' struggles for civil rights speaks to me as an educator. It's important to program works that honor these histories," music education major Ryan Abdelmalek '23 performed in the Pacific Bands fall 2022 concert which paid homage to immigration and civil rights struggles.

Student Experience
Pacific grant funds student's DEI research project

Music performance major Abigail Miller ‘25 received a $6,250 grant from Pacific Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship for her project “Diversification of Pedagogy: Music for Clarinet by American Women Composers of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries.” Abigail's mentor is Dr. Patricia Shands, professor of clarinet.

clarinetist Abigail Miller
music major Matthew Hui
Student Experience
Music major takes up East Asian pop composers

In the fall of 2022, music major Matthew Hui '23 presented a capstone lecture recital featuring East Asian pop composers Yiruma, Joe Hisaishi and VK 克. Hui demonstrated how those musicians create their unique sounds combining electronics with traditional elements from Western and Eastern music.