celebration. education. advocacy





The Institute for Composer Diversity, housed at the State University of New York at Fredonia, is a broad-based center dedicated to the celebration, education, and advocacy of music created by composers from historically underrepresented groups through online tools, research-based resources, and sponsored initiatives. The Institute for Composer Diversity works in four distinct arenas:

Our award-winning Composer Diversity Database allows users to search and browse through almost four thousand composers and our newly-updated ICD Works Database, featuring two catalogs created by Christian Michael Folk, adds the important ability to search for individual compositions as well.

Our research projects will gather and curate data from the professional and educational concert worlds and provide simple, straight-forward analyses of current programming and curricular trends.

Our resource initiatives will provide conductors, performers, educators, researchers, media programmers, and music distributors tools with which they can make data-informed and model-based decisions on how best to diversify their programming and connect with their audiences and students.

Advocacy for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion of works by composers from underrepresented groups will entail strong partnerships with many national and international organizations.

Thanks to [t]his impeccable and highly detailed research, we can discover an extraordinary variety and diversity in repertoire for our orchestras
— JoAnn Falletta
Now no one has any excuse for not being aware of the work of large groups of people who have not been well represented on the concert scene. What an outstanding resource! Everyone should be aware of this database!
— Jennifer Higdon
To ignore this tool as an artistic planning resource is to stick one’s head in the sand.
— aubrey bergauer
The Composer Diversity Database completely changes the game for researchers and performers alike. This resource immediately makes the future narrative for classical music more inclusive.
— laura colgate