Musical Performance at the Shedd Institute

Text reads: 3 MacArthur Fellows Musical Collaboration A new musical paradigm of disability activism, artistry & creativity Featuring musical performances by Claire Chase, flute Reginald Robinson, piano Susan Sygall, narration Presented by MIUSA Mobility International USA Supported by MacArthur Foundation  Design: festive swirls and dots of lime green, bright purple, teal and maroon. Some lines form the silhouetted faces of three women in profile. Included in the image are photo headshots of the 3 Fellows
On December 9, 2019, three MacArthur Fellows - two world-class musicians and a disability rights activist - will collaborate on a musical piece celebrating disabled women leaders.
December 9, 2019

Event Details

  • Date: Monday December 9, 2019
  • Time: Doors open at 6:30pm. Performance from 7-8:30pm with reception to follow.
  • Venue: The Shedd Institute, 868 High St, Eugene, OR 97401
  • Accessibility: The event will provide sign language interpretation in a wheelchair accessible venue equipped with a hearing loop system.
  • Ticketing: Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance. Contact the Shedd, or call the Shedd Ticket Office 541-434-7000.

What happens when three recipients of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship (sometimes referred to as the MacArthur Genius Grant) collaborate to create a new musical paradigm of activism, artistry and creativity to amplify the voices of disabled women activists globally, through the power of music and story-telling?

In 2019, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation ( awarded an X-Grant to Mobility International USA (MIUSA) to fund a collaboration among three MacArthur Fellows: Susan Sygall, a disability rights activist; Claire Chase, a world-renowned flautist; and Reginald Robinson, a composer, educator and pianist. The culminating piece, a “work in progress,” will be premiered at a free public event held in a concert venue in Eugene, Oregon this December 2019.

Claire Chase, hailed as "the most important flutist of our time" by the New York Times, has given the world premieres of hundreds of new works for the flute in performances throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, and she has championed new music throughout the world by building organizations, forming alliances, pioneering commissioning initiatives and supporting educational programs that reach new audiences. Learn more about Ms. Chase at

Pianist and composer Reginald Robinson is an internationally recognized pianist, recording artist and educator. Mr. Robinson lectures at colleges across the United States and collects and preserves historical materials related to ragtime and African American classical music. His website is

Susan Sygall, a longtime resident of Eugene, is a disability rights activist who is the CEO and co-founder of Mobility International USA, a non-profit organization working to advance the rights and leadership of people with disabilities globally. She is the co-editor of Brilliant and Resilient: Celebrating the Power of Disabled Women Activists, which later become a traveling photo exhibition.

Ms. Sygall will write the narrative based on her work with disabled women activists globally; Ms. Chase will perform both new and existing repertoire by Mr. Robinson, collaboratively bringing the narrative to life in new musical forms. This event will be Mr. Robinson’s and Ms. Chase’s first performance in Eugene.

All are welcome including performing arts aficionados, students, musicians, activists and academics. The event will include and question answer time with the artists as well as a reception following the performance.

Event location: 

The Shedd Institute

868 High St, Eugene, OR 97401

Eugene, Oregon