General Session: Inclusive and Equitable Orchestras—Performance and Conversation

Session Date Start Time End Time Attachments
Thursday, June 14, 2018 4:00 pm 5:30 pm

Location: Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.

While the road to success for every professional orchestral musician is unique, the journey to mastery requires an incredible network of devoted teachers, mentors, and advocates, as well as a field that is ready to welcome and retain the emerging talent. This comprehensive community of support is critical to unlocking the potential of young musicians of color and creating a more equitable environment at all stages of the musical and career development. In this session, we invite you to consider: What does an inclusive and equitable American orchestral landscape look like, and what roles can youth and professional orchestras play in enhancing and supporting a diverse talent pipeline?

We will look at the current pathway to professional careers in orchestras; how the ecosystem of music education and training presents opportunities and barriers to success; and the essential role that all orchestras can play in this continuum. In a conversation moderated by Jery Lynne Johnson (Founder and Artistic Director of Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra), we’ll hear from Anthony McGill (Principal Clarinet, New York Philharmonic) and Demarre McGill (Principal Flute, Seattle Symphony) about their musical training and career development, and how professional orchestras, youth orchestras, and music education organizations can work together to strengthen the pipeline and the pathway to an inclusive and equitable orchestra field.

The session will feature the world premiere of a double concerto by Michael Abels, composer of the score to the film, Get Out. It will be performed by Anthony McGill and Demarre McGill with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, conducted by Allen Tinkham, CYSO Music Director.

Speakers: Anthony McGill, principal clarinet, New York Philharmonic; Demarre McGill, principal flute, Seattle Symphony

Moderator: Jeri Lynne Johnson, founder and artistic director, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra

Performance Program:

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Percussion Scholarship Group
Ivan Trevino – Catching Shadows

Patricia Dash and Douglas Waddell, Directors

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras
Michael Abels – Winged Creatures (world premiere)
Samuel Barber – Symphony No. 1 in One Movement, op. 9

Allen Tinkham, Music Director
Demarre McGill, Flute
Anthony McGill, Clarinet

Made possible by generous grants from The Joyce Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This session is being videotaped for archiving and future promotional use, including the use of excerpts in social media.