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How Do We Confront Racism in the Orchestra Classroom? A Courageous Conversation to Engage Responsible and Actionable Change

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Abby Alwin - Biographical Information

Abigail Alwin has a rich career as multi-faceted musician and educator. As a‘Michigan String Teacher of the Year’s recipient as well as a‘Yale Distinguished MusicEducator’, Ms. Alwin has been recognized for her passion, leadership, and innovation asa music educator and pedagogue. As Director of Orchestras at Clague Middle School in the Ann Arbor Public Schools, Ms. Alwin’s orchestras have been honored to perform at the Michigan Music Conference, and her young orchestras have consistently earned division one ratings at the MSBOA Festival, receiving the highest praise for their precision, energy and musicianship. She has guest conducted All-State and regional orchestras in her state and nationally.Ms. Alwin earned both her Bachelors in cello performance and Masters in Music Education from the University of Michigan, and has taught in the Ann Arbor Public Schools for nearly 20 years. Abby is deeply committed to helping all children have equal access to music education, and has presented at conferences on topics ranging from teacher wellness, string pedagogy, and composing with young musicians. As a cellist and performer her musicianship casts a large net with depth in western European classical traditions, music of the Balkans, free improvisation, and a keen interest in how music expresses culture and connection. She performs currently with the Stone Sound Collective which brings together celebrated traditions of Africa and India with the lyricism of cello and saxophone.


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