Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Bowdoin International Music Festival succeeds by building a vibrant musical and artistic community that reflects the full range of humanity and lived experience. As a Board, Staff, and Artist Faculty, we seek to realize the ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion that strengthen the entire field of classical music and education in ways that will be uniquely tailored to our Festival and expressed in our faculty, student body, and programs.

A hallmark of the Festival is a supportive, safe, and nurturing atmosphere that creates a positive energy where every individual in the Festival community is fully seen, heard, respected, and valued for their unique story and potential for artistic growth. Our interactions with each other strive for openness, empathy, thoughtful listening, effective communication, kindness, accountability, and mutual inspiration as we seek to make each other better musicians and better citizens. It is also our goal to reduce barriers — financial or otherwise — that might prevent a student from participating in our programs. This goal is a key component of the Festival’s current work and long-term planning.