The Diverse Musicians’ Alliance was established in 2004. Housed in the College of Music, the Diverse Musicians’ Alliance serves as an academic neighborhood dedicated to student mentorship, student retention, and academic achievement. Musically, the group focuses on the performance of music that reflect the diverse backgrounds of students at the University of Colorado and the College of Music.
Participation in the group requires students to maintain a grade point average of 2.75 or higher. Students holding the minimum GPA are expected to improve it each semester. As a member of the CU-LEAD program, students in the Diverse Musicians’ Alliance can take advantage of free tutoring to assist them in their studies and GPA improvement.
Students in the organization can also apply for a $1,500 yearly grant through the CU-LEAD program. Grants are awarded based on financial need, academic merit, and group participation.
Membership in the Diverse Musicians’ Alliance is open to all students including undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students. Members work cooperatively throughout the academic year, producing an annual concert performing music reflecting the diverse backgrounds of the group membership; and supporting one another, attending several performances of members of the group.
Alejandro Cremaschi, Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy and chair of the College’s Diversity Committee, serves as the primary advisor for the Diverse Musicians’ Alliance and is assisted by members of the Diversity Committee.
The DMA group organizes an annual Diverse Music Concert in the College of Music. This concert features music from different traditions, cultures and ethnicities. This year the concert was scheduled on Thursday October 18, 2012 at 7:30 PM in Grusin Hall, College of Music building, and featured a diverse program with Celtic fiddling, Mongolian throat singing, Argentine tango, tap dancing, classical works by Bach and Guastavino, etc.