Dalanie Harris: Black Music in a Racialized Society

Dalanie Harris: Black Music in a Racialized Society

When Dalanie transferred to Eastman from the University of Rochester, she found it difficult to transition. Coming from a community that was a majority Black and 95% people of color, she found no opportunities to study with Black professors, a lack of Black classical artist representation, and no Black Student Union. It was her African American Studies at the University of Rochester that kept her grounded and lead her to question the duality of her college experience and if there was a way to combine it. This led to the creation of the Classically Black Podcast, a weekly podcast that blended humor, classical music, Black history, and culture. To expand on her podcast, Dalanie used the PRJC grant to complete a research project that focused on the contributions of Black musicians to American music in the racialized society we know today. By focusing on Black artists, Dalanie highlights the role in which Black culture has contributed to music today and the relationship between race and music.

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