Arts Engines spotlights incoming CCM Oboe Prof. Titus Underwood

The Sphinx Medal of Excellence recipient speaks on how to bring about change in arts organizations

Incoming University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Associate Professor of Oboe Titus Underwood was recently interviewed by Aaron Dworkin on Arts Engines, a program that highlights the perspectives of the thought leaders and game-changers who are creating significant impact in the field of the arts.

Principal Oboe of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Underwood is an Emmy Award-winner and a 2021 recipient of the Sphinx Medal of Excellence Award. His new appointment at CCM begins on Aug. 15, 2021.

In the interview, Underwood speaks on how to bring about social change in arts organizations in order to advocate and support diversity, equity and inclusion. 

"I've taken as my personal responsibility to be very, very deeply rooted in what I know so that I can be an agent of change where I go, and always leading with love and leading with open hands not with defense," Titus says. "I'm always trying my best to be a role model for what I speak on."

Underwood also talks about his recently-released short film, A Tale of Two Tails. The film illustrates the dichotomy Underwood experiences as a Black man and a classical musician. It serves as a call to action for all creatives, affirming there can be innovation from disruption.

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/M5uU1KjTXUI?rel=0

Featured image at top: Portrait of Titus Underwood.

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