Episode 57

Published on:

14th Jun 2023

The Main Course (w/Damian Norfleet)

Hi hi, Scorekeepers! It's time for another episode of your favorite podcast, THE SCORE! This week's episode has been two years in the making and, considering he's married to one of us, I can't believe it's taken all this time to finally nab today's fabulous guest: singer, composer, activist and all-around brilliant and lovely person, Damian Norfleet! Join us as he shares his insightful thoughts and opinions on the state of arts education and what institutions should avoid when commissioning work from Black artists. Plus, we have a chit-chat about the commercialization of Juneteenth and, of course, a little PBJ to help you finish out the week strong! Let's do it to it, y'all!

Oh, and mark your calendars, because next episode is our annual Juneteenth panel. Plus, we'll be making a HUGE announcement about the show! Don't miss it!

Hosts: Lee Bynum, Rocky Jones, Paige Reynolds (Iya Inawale)

Guest: Damian Norfleet

Producer: Rocky Jones

Music: "Praise Pecola!" by Damian Norfleet



Damian Norfleet (Website) (Insta)

Open Road Fund (Website)


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About the Podcast

The Score
News and commentary about opera, classical music, and pop culture seen through an antiracist and anti-oppressive lens
It's time to put opera on game! Hosts Lee Bynum, Paige Reynolds, and Rocky Jones are three Black and queer artists, pop culture aficionados, and arts administrators at Minnesota Opera, who are working every day to bring more diversity, equity, and inclusivity into opera and classical music. The Score is their provocative, thoughtful, and humorous commentary on the industry's past, present, and future, as seen through an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens. Each episode features a variety of stories from a variety of perspectives that bring People of the Global Majority, queer, trans and nonbinary folks, and everyone else into the discussion of ownership over and access to the art form. From the opera house to the statehouse to your house, each episode will amplify the voices of those in the field who are pushing the boundaries of what opera is, who it is for, and how it can transform us and our communities. New episodes come out every other Wednesday!