Gretchen Peters Interview
Dr. Peters discusses her early beginnings in music during school, and how the dedication of a public school teacher fostered her interest in the cello. From there, she speaks about her work with EDI, explaining how she came from her dissertation on marginalized medieval music to presentation of Native American music today. In addition, she notes that the University unfortunately continues a tradition of marginalization by presenting primarily white male works of music, despite our city’s rich musical tradition. Because of this, she doesn’t see Eau Claire as having “one sound,” as a logical musicologist knows that there are so many other components that create a broader regional picture. There is a mainstream sound (e.g. indie music), which is important to Eau Claire’s culture and community, but that’s not to say that any other musical genres are subpar; the mainstream sound, according to Peters, is overall positive for the city, especially in economic and educational terms, but UWEC must continue its tradition of working with the community.
Interviewers Carissa Dowden and Kelci Greenwood
October 24, 2017
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