Keynote Sessions

(Information Subject to Change)

Terrance McKnight
Saturday, March 26
8:00–9:00 a.m. Eastern Time

Radio host, commentator, curator, writer, author, and pianist Terrance McKnight serves humanity and music by “bringing everyone’s culture to the table, by not putting one above the other, but rather by ensuring a big enough table with a place for all.”

McKnight is the weekday evening host for WQXR, New York’s only all-classical music station. His various roles as commentator, curator and writer go hand-in-hand as represented by writing, producing and hosting audio documentaries on Langston Hughes, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Hazel Scott, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Florence Beatrice Price, Leonard Bernstein and Harry Belafonte for WQXR. Another of his radio shows for WQXR, All Ears with Terrance McKnight, a series about musical discovery, was honored with an ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award. In association with the exhibition Charles White: A Retrospective in 2019 at the Museum of Modern Arts, Terrance curated a series of concerts and audio tours. He has hosted concerts for Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts and the finals and celebratory weekend of the Spring 2021 American Pianists Association Competition in Indianapolis. His is the voice of recent media campaigns for Carnegie Hall and the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Terrance McKnight is the author of “Concert Black,” anticipating a 2022 release by Abrams Press. This year also initiates a three-year commitment as a member of the Artistic Council, with Claire Chase and conductor Robert Spano, for The Hermitage Artist Retreat in Florida. Terrance serves on the board of MacDowell and is the Artistic Advisor for the Harlem Chamber Players. He has participated on panels for Chamber Music America, the Mellon Foundation, American Opera Projects, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, ASCAP and the New York State Council on the Arts. It is Terrance McKnight’s commentary that introduces the liner notes for an upcoming release of Three Ife Songs by Phillip Glass, featuring singer Angelique Kidjo, Dennis Russell Davies and the Bruckner Orchestra Linz.

Ronald A. Crutcher
Sunday, March 27
10:30–11:30 a.m. Eastern Time

Ronald A. Crutcher is a national leader in higher education, a distinguished classical musician and an accomplished administrator and former president of the University of Richmond, where he also is a professor of music.

Crutcher was president of Wheaton College from 2004–2014. Prior to Wheaton, he was provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Miami University of Ohio.

A former member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and several other symphonies, he currently performs in the U.S. and Europe as a member of The Klemperer Trio with Erika Klemperer (violin) and Gordon Back (piano). He serves on the board of the Richmond Symphony and has served on the boards of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Berklee College of Music. Earlier in his career he was president of Chamber Music America, director of the highly ranked Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin and dean of the Conservatory at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Crutcher was the first cellist to receive the doctor of musical arts degree from Yale, where he also earned his master’s degree. During his graduate study, he received a Fulbright Fellowship, a Ford Foundation Doctoral Fellowship and a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Miami University, he has received honorary degrees from Wheaton College, Colgate University and Muhlenberg College.

His recently released book (2021), I Had No Idea You Were Black: Navigating Race on the Road to Leadership, is a compelling story of the important lessons of life and leadership he learned during his journey from humble beginnings to the highest levels of higher education and the arts. Music teachers who hear his message will find it not only memorable, it will also be life changing.