Represent Classical is the only news source in the world dedicated to the future of classical music centering the news and performances of Black, Brown, Indigenous, and People of Color classically trained musicians, composers, educators, students, & scholars. We aim to promote the visibility, appreciation, representation, and contributions of these artists and thinkers who have been systematically excluded in the historical record of classical music.
Founder and Editor
Christine S. Escobar is a digital communications strategist, journalist, and web designer experienced in music administration, music communications, publicity, marketing, and film and entertainment promotion. Her experience includes music administration, music communications, publicity, film and entertainment promotion, and assisting small businesses and freelance professionals with marketing services and products. She has a long history of supporting and advocating for youth music education personally and professionally.
Lauded as “vibrant” and “gifted” (Chicago Classical Review), Chicago-born Filipino-American cellist Ezra Escobar maintains a prolific output as a multigenre cellist, composer, arranger, and music producer. A prizewinner at the DePaul Concerto Festival, the Chinese Fine Arts Society Music Festival in Honor of Confucius, and the Walgreens National Concerto Competition, Ezra’s concert appearances also include solos with the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago, the Lake Forest Civic Orchestra, the Young Steinway Concert Series, the Evanston Chamber Music Festival, and the Waukegan Chamber Music Society, and he has served as principal cello with the Mannes Orchestra and the Kankakee Valley Symphony. Ezra currently studies at the Mannes School of Music with Marcy Rosen, having previously studied with Dr. Tanya Carey at the Music Institute of Chicago.
Originally from Memphis, TN, Garrett McQueen is a bassoonist who has performed with ensembles including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Today, Garrett is the host and producer of nationally-syndicated radio programs at the intersection of race, contemporary culture and “classical” music, and is the co-host and Executive Producer of the TRILLOQUY podcast, noted by the New York Times as “required listening”. Additionally, Garrett maintains board, leadership, and artistic advisory positions with institutions including the American Composers Forum, the Black Opera Alliance, the Lakes Area Music Festival and the Gateways Music Festival. Garrett holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Memphis and a Master of Music from the University of Southern California.
Makeda Easter is an award-winning arts writer and journalism instructor based in Los Angeles. She previously covered the intersection of art and identity at the Los Angeles Times. Makeda is currently building a journalism platform dedicated to artist activists working across the U.S. called the art rebellion.
Dalanie Harris is a Los Angeles-based double bassist, podcaster, and writer. Her current research interests include intersections of music, history, and culture in Black America. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Harris is a fierce advocate for equity and cultural inclusivity in classical music spaces.