We are excited to share with you today’s New York Times article: Leading the Orchestra, an Outsider Invited In. Reporting on Kazem Abdullah’s upcoming appearance conducting the Westchester Philharmonic, writer Phillip Lutz explores some of the issues we have been discussing around diversity in the world of classical music. He briefly touches on the convenings we had here at NYSCA and on the League of American Orchestras’ recent conference in Baltimore.
“The lack of diversity in American orchestras is an issue of long standing, but it has gained fresh currency. The League of American Orchestras held a major conference on the subject this month in Baltimore, reporting that only 1.8 percent of members of American orchestras are African-American and 1.2 percent Latino.
Also this month, the New York State Council on the Arts has been holding events around the state, including in New Rochelle, where it has been promoting a new diversity initiative, Arts Career Development Fellowships for Underrepresented Communities. Under it, financing is available to arts organizations to hire diverse administrative staff members or creative artists.
“There’s a real sense of urgency in the music community among those concerned about those issues,” said Robert Baron, the arts council’s director of music and folk arts programs.
–Leading the Orchestra, an Outsider Invited In, Phillip Lutz, New York Times, June 17, 2016
Read the full article here