Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Pre-Con: Interrupting Implicit Bias

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 8:00 am 12:00 pm $245
$325 non-member

Location: Madison Room, Third Floor

Are you curious to learn more about implicit bias, but perhaps reluctant to raise the topic within your workplace given our current political climate? Could your orchestra or community benefit from heightened awareness of the ways implicit bias affects our relationships and decision-making?

This interactive Pre-Conference session will help participants develop a deeper understanding of the implicit biases we all carry and specific strategies to address them. The facilitator will lead interactive presentations and exercises to raise awareness about where biases come from—essentially, a form of mental shortcut that we all engage in—as well as a discussion of stereotypes each of us has encountered in the way we are viewed by others. Participants will explore scenarios they may encounter in their orchestras and practice engaging in these situations more pro-actively given the unconscious biases that may otherwise influence our actions.

Agenda

  • Welcome, Introductions, and Overview of the Workshop
  • Opening Exercise: Raising Awareness About Implicit Bias
  • Stereotyping Exercise and Discussion
  • The Implicit Association Test: Learning about Mental Shortcuts
  • Strategies for Counteracting Bias
  • “Interrupting” Bias: Small Group Exercises
  • Concluding Comments, Questions, and Wrap Up

Facilitator: Audrey J. Lee is a Senior Mediator at Boston Law Collaborative, LLP and Executive Director of the BLC Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to providing education and training in all areas of dispute resolution.

This pre-conference seminar is part of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Track.

This seminar is made possible by generous grants from The Joyce Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

All Aboard: Tactics for Building and Sustaining a Diverse Board

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 8:45 am 10:00 am

Location: State Ballroom, Fourth Floor

Diversity at the board level is fundamental to the health and success of an inclusive arts organization. Yet, for many orchestras, it remains an elusive goal. Join us to hear directly from board members representing a variety of backgrounds about the identification, cultivation, and retention strategies that have been resonant in engaging and supporting them as board members. Explore the influence of organizational culture and messaging. And, leave better equipped to engage and center the voices of individuals from across the communities you serve in the vital work of governance.

Resources:

Board Room-Aiming for Board Room Diversity
If Your Board Looked Like Your Community
League Diversity Research Reports

Speakers: Althea Alviar Lee, board member, Chicago Sinfonietta; Pratichi Shah, president and CEO, Flourish Talent Management Solutions; Henry Turner, board chair, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras; Sheila Williams, board member, The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

This session is part of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Track.

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

This session is generously sponsored by An Evening with Jorge Calandrelli, Legendary Arranger to the Stars.

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Championing Women Composers

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 8:45 am 10:00 am

Location: Salon 12, Third Floor

Join us for a deep dive into the challenges, successes, and experiences shared by some of America’s leading women composers. Participants will include national winners of the League’s Women Composers Readings and Commissions Program, an initiative of the League of American Orchestras administered by American Composers Orchestra with support from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. They will be joined by leading women composers in the greater Chicago area and will also participate in the discussion. This roundtable discussion will provide insight into the women’s professional journeys, key lessons learned, and a discussion about how we can provide more opportunities, resources, and equity for women composers.

Speakers: Stacy Garrop, composer; Robin Holcomb, composer; Chen-Hui Jen, composer; Wang Jie, composer; Tania J. León, composer, conductor, distinguished professor, CUNY; Andreia Pinto-Correia, composer; Shulamit Ran, Andrew MacLeish Distinguished Service Professor of Music; Artistic Director, Contempo (the Contemporary Chamber Players), The University of Chicago; Augusta Read Thomas, composer; Andrea Reinkemeyer, composer; Xi Wang, composer; Lidiya Yankovskaya, music director, Chicago Opera Theater

This session is part of the Artistic Vitality Track.

Made possible by generous grants from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and The Joyce Foundation.

Sponsored by WFMT Radio Network.

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Project Inclusion: Leadership Pipelines on Stage and in Management

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 8:45 am 10:00 am

Location: Honore Ballroom, Lobby Level

Learn about Chicago Sinfonietta’s talent pipeline model, Project Inclusion. This program identifies and trains musicians, conductors, and administrative leaders of color. Hear from the participants and alumni about their successes and challenges, the impact on their career trajectory, and what it could mean for the orchestral field more broadly.

Speakers: Kalena Bovell, project inclusion alum, Civic Orchestra of New Haven; Karla Galva; Kellan Gray, departing assistant conductor, Chicago Sinfonietta, incoming assistant conductor, Charleston Symphony Orchestra; Roslyn Green, civic orchestra fellow, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association; Hilary Mercer, project inclusion manager, Chicago Sinfonietta; Courtney Perkins, chief operating officer, Chicago Sinfonietta; Marlea Simpson, violinist, Chicago Sinfonietta Orchestra, Grant Park Orchestra

This session is part of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Track.

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

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Diversity Forum: A Report on Field-wide Efforts in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 11:00 am 12:15 pm

Location: State Ballroom, Fourth Floor

For the past two years, 60 activists in orchestras and music education who are leading groundbreaking work in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) came together at the League’s Conferences in Baltimore and Detroit to actively work on a variety of initiatives to promote a more diverse orchestral workforce. At this year’s Conference, the League has expanded the Diversity Forum into a full DEI track. Open to all Conference attendees, the DEI track aims to engage a wide cross-section of orchestras in DEI content and action.

This particular session will focus on sharing an update on emerging themes from the League’s 2018 DEI listening, learning, and planning process, cross-checking for relevance prior to the creation of a comprehensive report and plan. Programmatic outcomes of the work of the Diversity Task Forces will also be shared. These include efforts around the creation of a regranting program that will support orchestras in accessing DEI consultancy services; and the National Alliance for Audition Support, a consortium program led by Sphinx Organization, the New World Symphony, and the League to deliver a coordinated and integrated array of support to pre- and early-professional Black and Latinx musicians.

Speakers: Ryan Blocker, program manager, Enrich Chicago; Afa S. Dworkin, president and artistic director, Sphinx Organization; John Damien Keiser, executive vice president and provost, New World Symphony; Jesse Rosen, president and CEO, League of American Orchestras; Nina Sánchez, director, Enrich Chicago; Jessica Schmidt, principal consultant, Orchestrate Inclusion, senior advisor for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the League of American Orchestras

This session is part of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Track.

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

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Artists, Repertoire, and Diversity

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 2:15 pm 3:30 pm

Location: State Ballroom, Fourth Floor

How can orchestras balance the imperative to include under-represented artistic voices—composers, soloists, and conductors—with perceived or demonstrated competing preferences of core audiences? We will look at experiences of a few orchestras on this journey and delve into interactive discussions about how to navigate this tension.

Speakers: Andrés Ballesteros, composer / educator; Jeri Lynn Johnson, founder and artistic director, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra; Anna Kuwabara, executive director, Albany Symphony; Mark Volpe, managing director, Boston Symphony Orchestra

This session is part of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Track.

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

This session is sponsored by Sciolino Artist Management.

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General Session: Inclusive and Equitable Orchestras—Performance and Conversation

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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.

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