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Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Guitar Community

Ciyadh Wells


The push for change in the classical music community is at the forefront of the minds of many. A move towards inclusivity and diversity is how many envision change for the future. This future includes creating an accessible environment and one that is representative of the differing racial, gender, ethnic, and socioeconomic identities that many community members hold for themselves. Within the classical guitar community, the push for greater diversity and inclusion is necessary for the continued growth and success for the instrument. In "Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Guitar Community", Ciyadh will present a lecture on the many tangible and concrete ways in which the guitar community can broaden its scope to become welcoming of diverse identities, thoughts, and opinions. Using examples and case studies from the orchestral sphere, Ciyadh will explore how artists and administrators have created greater opportunities for fostering an inclusive community. In addition, Ciyadh will also present on a variety of resources that can assist guitarists, teachers, and organizations in becoming more accessible to a wider audience both on and off of the concert stage. 


Ciyadh Wells is a multifaceted musician who prides herself in not only being an artist but also an activist, and a scholar. Born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Wells’ passion for music developed at a young age with her involvement in choir and band. Her skillset grew the more she honed her skills in private guitar lessons. After earning her Bachelors, Wells successfully pursued her Masters of Music in Instrumental Performance with a concentration in Applied String Pedagogy from the University of Louisville. She is currently working on her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Guitar Performance at the University of Georgia.  As a scholar and educator, Wells believes everyone deserves access to art, which she advocates as being essential to society. Furthermore, her advocacy has made a difference in many young musicians’ lives. Ciyadh’s mission is to utilize the impact of music old and new, to manifest moments of meaningful change and to inspire community therein.


Currently, Wells’ is an active member of the guitar community. She is the Artistic & Executive Director of Margins Guitar Collective, Sphinx LEAD (Leaders in Excellence, Arts, & Diversity) member and a part of the Emerging Leaders program at the University of Georgia. She currently plays in a guitar duo called Duo Charango. She is also a part of Trash Music, a research initiative exploring the intersections of sustainability, music and environmental justice. As part of a passion project, Wells’ is working on a video series entitled “Women of Guitar” which is a weekly series featuring a composition by a woman composer. When she is not out being a talented musician or advocating for social and environmental justice, Wells’ enjoys reading, designer salads, road cycling, and strength training.

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