Wednesday Lunch Talk - Music of Difference

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Noon - 1pm
Genrich-Rusling Room, LeChase 215

Founded by flutist Catherine Branch, the Music of Difference project aims to transform the classical concert into a venue for positive conversations about disability and difference. From a concerto based on the rhythm of unconventional gaits to a piece exploring the impact of stereotype threat and expectations, the project's Composer in Residence, Robert J. Bradshaw, has collaborated with Ms. Branch to encourage positive conversations about diversity through music. Music of Difference had its premiere performance in 2009 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Australia. Since then, Ms. Branch, Mr. Bradshaw, and their colleagues have taken the project to stages, conferences, and classrooms around the United States, including the VSA International Disability Arts Convention in Washington, DC. As the project evolves, a dedication to championing socially impactful music by living composers remains at its core.  For more about Music of Difference, visit .

Catherine Branch is a Project Coordinator for the Institute for Innovative Transition. Catherine is (excitedly!) nearing completion of her doctor of musical arts degree at the Eastman School of Music and pursuing a second master's degree at the Warner School. Currently, she is an education fellow in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program at URMC.

Light lunch served. No reservation required.

Tags: arts education, Catherine Branch, counseling, disabilities, Eastman School of Music, inclusion, Warner Wednesday Talk