Garrett McQueen

Garrett McQueen
Bassoonist | Composer
| Radio Host | Producer


Garrett McQueen is an active advocate for diversity in classical music. The only Black classical announcer (formerly) at Minnesota Public Radio, he was let go for making changes to programming in protest following the death of George Floyd. In a response to his dismissal, Garrett declared, “Anti-racism is at the very top of my list of core values and doing what I can in the field and profession that I landed in to promote equity and anti-racism is not only my will but my duty and responsibility.”

A proud native of Memphis, TN, Garrett McQueen has performed in venues across the country. In 2016, Garrett began transitioning into the field of public media and content creation, where he does most of his work today. As a strong advocate for the diversification of classical music and the advancement of Black musicians in the field, Garrett has used his platforms on local, national, and international airwaves to promote Black artistry in classical music. He is in demand as a speaker on diversity and equity presenting keynotes and participating on panels across the country. In an article produced by Current, McQueen was hailed as “a black talent in public media that you may not know but should”.

We invite you to watch/listen to Garrett McQueen’s James E. Ericksen Keynote Address delivered at MacPhail’s annual all-staff Anacrusis this September.

Learn More About Garrett McQueen’s Podcast: TRILLOQUY 

Explore Garrett McQueen’s Playlists

Published on Date: Oct 29, 2021
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