In Rehearsal with Eve Lesov

Feature Stories

Die Kolonisierung unserer Ohren” (The colonization of our ears) (in German), by Hannah Schmidt, Die Zeit, May 11, 2021.

Countering Allegations of Racism—in Court,” by Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Education, January 28, 2021.

Music, In Theory,” by Jeffrey Arlo and Olivia Giovetti, January 28, 2021.

Scholar Philip Ewell aims to bring light to ‘the dark room’ of classical music,” by Jeffrey Yelverton, Minnesota Public Radio, January 20, 2021.

A Most Violent Year: Beethoven at the Brink,” by Olivia Giovetti, Van Magazine, December 17, 2020.

Black Scholars Confront White Supremacy in Classical Music,” by Alex Ross, The New Yorker, September 14, 2020.

A Black Professor Pulls Back the Curtain on Racism in Music Theory,” by Beth Harpaz, CUNY SUM, August 18, 2020.

Music Education Has a Race Problem, and Universities Must Address It,” by Jacqueline Warwick, The Conversation, August 9, 2020.

Whose Music Theory?,” by Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Education, August 7, 2020.

Classical Music Tries To Reckon With Racism—On Social Media,” by Anastasia Tsioulcas, National Public Radio, July 29, 2020.

A Racist Music.” BBC Radio 3, Sunday Feature, November 24, 2019. Contributor to this feature in which Errollyn Wallen explores and challenges the legacy of John Powell (1882-1963), a once-celebrated composer whose racist politics scarred the lives of generations of Americans.

Interviews, Panels

Con Fuoco podcast, “How can classical music confront its own history of exclusion?” Interview with Daniel Cho.

Adjective New Music, Lexical Tones Podcast, Episode 153. Interview with Garrett Schumann.

How Do We Get There?: Accelerating Diversity in Slow to Change Humanities Fields.” Virtual roundtable discussion of the American Council of Learned Societies, December 17, 2020.

Music Theory and White Supremacy,” interview with Adam Neely on his YouTube channel, September 7, 2020.

5 Questions to Philip Ewell (Author, Music Theory and the White Racial Frame),” I Care If You Listen, interview with Lauren Ishida, July 23, 2020.

VICE Investigates: Russia’s War on Hip-Hop. Consultant. This VICE documentary aired on Hulu on November 2.


Erasing Colorasure in American Music Theory, and Confronting Demons from our Past.” RILM’s Bibliolore, March 25, 2021.

Confronting Racism and Sexism in American Music Theory” (best to read in order).

Read blog in Portuguese (“A Estrutura Racial Branca do Campo da Teoria da Música: Confrontando o Racismo e o Sexismo no campo da Teoria da Música Americano”). Translated by Vincenzo Cambria, Pedro Fadel, Priscilla Hygino, Ferran Tamarit Rebollo, Daniel Stringini and Paulo Dantas.

In Memoriam

“In Memoriam,” by Philip and Kazimir Ewell

I made this video, “In Memoriam,” with my son Kazimir, in commemoration of the many black lives lost to police brutality in the United States. I shot this during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in Brooklyn, NY, with my iPhone XR, and dropped it on Juneteenth, June 19, 2020.