April 28, 2021
Blind auditions, in which musicians perform behind a screen to shield their identity, were instituted to redress the longstanding exclusion of people of color and women from orchestras. Blind auditions were successful in some regards, but the percentage of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color musicians has not risen significantly over the years. Is it time to rethink blind auditions?
April 8, 2021
The processes for people of color to gain permanent employment in American orchestras are not equitable. Exclusion, harassment, and the lack of access to education, mentorship, and networking opportunities have all impeded their participation in the orchestral field. These discriminatory practices have barricaded the door to Black and Brown colleagues for the past century.
August 13, 2020
In just two years, the National Alliance for Audition Support, which aims to increase the numbers of Black and Latinx musicians at orchestras, is making an impact.
April 18, 2018
The League of American Orchestras is thrilled to be a co-founder of the National Alliance for Audition Support, an unprecedented national initiative to increase the number of Black and Latinx musicians in American orchestras.