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Dr. George Starks


April 1, 2017

The Department of Performing Arts congratulates faculty member Dr. George Starks on his continued commitment to being a board member of the Philadelphia Clef Club.

"It is an honor and a privilege for me to serve on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts (PCC). The study and performance of African American music has been my life's work and, importantly, those activities are a part of the mission of the Clef Club. In my opinion, the Philadelphia Clef Club is, and has historically been, one of the most important institutions of its kind in the world. 

This is an institution of special significance in some very special ways. The PCC has its roots in the musical tradition that was created by enslaved Africans in this country and is an institution with a very generous spirit. Although its foundation was necessitated by exclusionary practices, the PCC opens its doors to everyone. 

One cannot help but marvel at the roster of names of those who have been associated with the organization in various ways over its history - names like Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Lee Morgan, Clara Ward, Benny Golson, Christian McBride and Joey DeFrancesco. 

The PCC is an institution of great cultural importance in Philadelphia, as well as, by extension, world culture. I am very proud of the work and accomplishments of the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts and I am honored to be a part of the mission of this great institution."