Monday, May 14, 2018

John Malveaux: KUSC: You Can’t Help but Be Changed: Notes from a Musical Activist

Zanaida Robles

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The amazing career and profound spirit of Zanaida Robles in this brief KUSC blog

KUSC Staff Blog

Posted by Gail Eichenthal · 5/11/2018

In the often concentric musical circles of Los Angeles, Zanaida Robles is everywhere: longtime member of the LA Master Chorale, choral director at Harvard-Westlake School, studio singer, Director of Music for the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica, and teaching artist at Los Angeles Opera. She is also a composer, arranger, arts activist, and the conductor of Street Symphony’s nationally acclaimed Skid Row Messiah Project.

As the first African American woman to earn a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Music from the USC Thornton School, Robles tells me she’s long been acutely aware of her own ‘otherness’ in the choral music world, though that is changing. 

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