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Ashleigh Gordon, the Brattleboro Music Center’s new Artist in Residence.

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Violist Ashleigh Gordon named BMC artist in residence

BRATTLEBORO—After a nationwide search, violist Ashleigh Gordon has been selected as the Brattleboro Music Center’s new artist in residence.

Gordon will spend up to two years engaged with the BMC, with an estimated two months each year on site.

She will work with BMC faculty, ensemble leaders, and students to explore new pieces and to expand current curriculum and performance programs featuring lesser-known and -heard composers and musicians of color.

The goal of the BMC Residency Program is to create experiences and foster understanding between the people and community of Brattleboro and musical artists of color.

“We look forward to working with Ashleigh as we expand both our repertoire and our community. This project will focus on studying and playing music by composers of color by providing a range of learning experiences for participants in all our programs,” BMC Executive Director Mary Greene said in a news release.

“What excites me the most about my upcoming artist in residency is the opportunity to connect and collaborate with new people,” says Gordon. “This rings especially true after a long season of restricted contact.”

Gordon has recorded with Switzerland’s Ensemble Proton and Germany’s Ensemble Modern; performed with Grammy Award–winning BMOP (Boston Modern Orchestra Project) and Grammy-nominated A Far Cry string ensemble; and appeared at the prestigious BBC Proms festival with the Chineke! Orchestra.

She has performed in London, Germany, Switzerland, Paris, Hong Kong, and Bulgaria.

Gordon, who has received numerous recognitions and awards, is co-founder, artistic/executive director, and violist of Castle of Our Skins, a Boston-based concert and educational series devoted to celebrating Black artistry through music.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #623 (Wednesday, July 28, 2021). This story appeared on page B1.

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