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Coffee and Conversation

Queer Song: Celebrating LGBTQ Voices Through American Art Song

Monday, June 25 • 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

Presenter: Chuck Dillard
Location: Cohiba 6-7

The voices of LGBTQ poets and musicians have been muted for most of recorded music history. Recently, our culture has shifted to allow for men and women of every identity to freely share their story and embrace their individuality. This presentation and conversation will discuss works by American composers who contribute to the unfolding narrative of these artists.

About Chuck Dillard

Chuck_Dillard.jpgBrought to Portland State to create a new graduate program in Collaborative Piano, Chuck Dillard is a musician at his best while working with others. As a pianist, Dillard enjoys collaborating with performers ranging from sopranos to contrabassoonists. An enthusiastic supporter of recital evolution, his concerts often include elements of photography, dance, spoken word and other integrated art forms. Most recently, he presented Schubert's Winterreise alongside images of Portland inspired by Müller's text. As part of the PSU Opera program, he served as music director for Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica and the world premiere of Mark Weiser's The Place Where You Started. As an educator, he has developed courses in accompanying, lyric diction, music theory, and chamber music. Dillard received degrees in Collaborative Piano from University of Colorado - Boulder (DMA) and University of Maryland - College Park (MM).