Commitment to Social Justice

The Thurnauer School of Music stands in solidarity with the Black community in our country and around the world and with all people who have been unjustly persecuted for their race, religion or gender. We are horrified at the latest senseless deaths of Black Americans Eric Garner, George Floyd, Ahmaud Aubery, Breonna Taylor, and all those who have suffered or died because of racism and its devastating effects on our humanity.

Our music school stands together with all our families and faculty in support of the highest quality music education and learning opportunities for all, regardless of race, religion, or any consideration other than a student’s interest in learning and enjoying music. We are deeply committed to this mission. We are profoundly saddened and disturbed that access to such opportunities has not been a universal way of life in our country. All of us at the Thurnauer School of Music are dedicated to playing whatever role we can to improve the landscape of education, opportunity, respect, justice, and decency for all.

As a school we listen to everyone’s voice and will continue to keep diversity, inclusion, equity, and the beauty of music at the heart of our school.

In this spirit, we share a link to this video, a deeply moving call for justice from Anthony McGill, principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic, who was a featured artist at Thurnauer’s Gift of Music gala benefit concert in 2017.


Thurnauer School of Music

Dorothy Kaplan Roffman, Founding Director