I've reported on our multi-year partnership with Dr. Derrick Gay, internationally renowned educational consultant on issues of global citizenship, diversity, and inclusion. Over these past three years, Dr. Gay has led a series of workshops with faculty and staff, parents, and students, as we continue to cultivate cultural competency and an ever stronger inclusive community.
Yesterday, to further his dialogue with the boys, Dr. Gay showed a different side to his persona, providing a musical concert and a discussion about opera. A highly regarded musician, Dr. Gay has traveled the world singing opera and playing the viola. It is one of his deepest passions and informs everything in his life.
The musical selections he sang ranged from Broadway classics to Mozart. He was accompanied by Music Chair Jeff Moore on the piano, with Choral Director Phyllis Clark joining him for beautifully sung duets.
The boys learned how singing is a mix of the intellectual, emotional, and the athletic; and Dr. Gay shared that the collaborative nature of performing music has cultivated in him a sensibility to be sensitive to others.
Our boys walked away from the session inspired and encouraged to pursue different aspects of their selves. We humans are complex, multi-faceted; it is what makes us unique. Yesterday, the boys celebrated this difference through the lens of music.