WSSO Diversity & Inclusion

Committee, Resources, Events, Personal Development

Winter Zoom Mixer with Rick Benjamin and CAMA!

It was a treat to share time with members of CAMA and greet new members at our Winter Zoom Welcome 2022!  Maestro Benjamin taught us about his deep scholarship with Joplin's Treemonisha and his life's work.  "I could have listened to him all night!  There's so much to this man and we only scratched the surface!" said one WSSO Board member.

Meet Rick Benjamin!

Maestro Benjamin has been illuminating works of marginalized composers for decades, in particular Black composers such as Scott Joplin.  He is the orchestrator of WSSO's Treemonisha production.  Rick Benjamin is the conductor of Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, an internationally known re-creator of "America's Original Music".  He lives in Lewisburg, PA.  Don't miss this chance to learn about his work!

D&I Committee formed Fall of 2020 with the following basic charges

1. Discuss and informally assess the current state of inclusivity of the WSSO.

2. Report the results of these ongoing reviews to the WSSO Board.

3. Propose effective opportunities for conversations and/or activities centered on anti-racism (with the arts as a focal point). Some opportunities could be intended for WSSO members only, and some with members of other organizations.

4. Once proposals have been approved by the WSSO Board, this committee will assist in communication, implementation, & facilitation of anti-racism personal development opportunities as directed by the WSSO Board.

For the complete Summer 2020 committee-forming initiative, click HERE