PhD Student Jenkins Writes on “Race and Racialized Aesthetics in Conservatory Education”

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Race and Racialized Aesthetics in Conservatory Education

By Christopher Jenkins


Christopher Jenkins is the associate dean for academic support at Oberlin Conservatory. He is an educator, administrator, and performing violist. At Oberlin, he is a Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Conservatory Liaison to the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. He is currently earning a DMA in viola performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a Ph.D. in musicology from Case Western Reserve University, where his performance and research focuses on the music of African-American composers. He is the recipient of the American Society for Aesthetics’ curriculum diversification grant for his annotated bibliography on sources related to the aesthetics of African-American classical music, and the Irene H. Chayes “New Voices” award for his monograph reimagining the practice of classical music through the lens of Black aesthetics.