Past Education & Community Initiative Programs

Inspirations Initiative

The Inspirations Initiative was designed to provide interactive workshops, masterclasses, and sectional opportunities to schools. These hands-on experiences align with the school’s curricular objectives and student needs, and provide additional insights from professional music directors, musicians, and composers. PostClassical Ensemble began this initiative with the Levine School of Music, featuring masterclasses by guest artists Elizabeth G. Hill and Steven Meyer as part of The Black Virtuoso Tradition.

In partnership with the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, PostClassical participated in a week-long residency for the March 2022 program, Hope in the Night. This program concluded the The Rediscovery and Renewal of Black Classical Music project, and offered orchestra and choir students the opportunity to perform alongside PostClassical in-concert. Leading up to the culminating performance, students participated in rehearsals with Music Director Angel Gil-Ordoñéz, masterclasses with guest artist George Shirley, and discussions around the importance of showcase underrepresented composers.

College Partnerships

PostClassical has a long history of collaborating with universities of the greater Washington DC area. Howard University’s Departments of Music and Theater were partners during our 2021-22 season which included a vocal master class by legendary tenor George Shirley, workshops on the history of Black classical music, professional performance opportunities with the Ensemble, and underwritten tickets to the Hope in the Night concert.