The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Resources Center
The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Resources Center is a free tool that includes a number of important readings, research, and examples within our field. The League intends this space to be a useful repository for impactful resources to help musicians, managers, Board members, and audiences find ways to change existing discriminatory systems. Over the next few months, the EDI Resources Center will be updated and reorganized to ensure ease of access for all members. And we again affirm our own desire to learn, to evolve, and to act alongside you in this important work.
Please read this important statement expressing how the League of American Orchestras is coming to grips with its history of racism, reflecting on the impact of racism within the League and the wider community of orchestras, and committing to sustained action.
The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Resources Center is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The Pacific Symphony’s Lantern Festival. Photo courtesy of Pacific Symphony.
The League of American Orchestras’ 2017 National Conference included a session entitled Classical Musicians of African Descent: Perspectives, Aspirations, and Outlook. Pictured (left to right): Judith Dines, Flute, Houston Symphony Orchestra, principal flute, Gateways Music Festival; Alex Laing, principal clarinet, The Phoenix Symphony, principal clarinet, Gateways Music Festival; clarinet; Gateways Music Festival; Kelly Hall-Tompkins, violin, Gateways Music Festival; and Ann Hobson Pilot, former principal harpist, Boston Symphony Orchestra. The session also included (not pictured): Lee Koonce, president and artistic director, Gateways Music Festival and Michael Morgan, music director and conductor, Oakland Symphony, artistic director, Gateways Music Festival, as well as session moderator Jesse Rosen, president and CEO, League of American Orchestras. Photo credit: Doug Coombe
Seattle Symphony’s Native Lands Community Composition Project received a Getty Education and Community Investment Grant in 2015 for residencies, multi-generational cultural exchanges, and a culminating performance of the Potlatch Symphony. Photo credit: Robert Wade
As part of the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory’s work in the Chula Vista Elementary School District, Conductor Adam Pezdek leads the Community Opus Project’s Esperanza Band in a rehearsal in March 2016. Photo credit: Kaitlyn Korogy
Symphony Magazine, the League’s award-winning publication, featured Gateways Music Festival in their Winter 2016 issue, pictured.
Lidiya Yankovskaya, one of six conductors featured in the League’s 2018 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview. Photo credit: Karen Almond (upper photo)
Yakima Symphony Orchestra received a Getty Education and Community Investment Grant in 2016 for Yakima Music en Acción (YAMA). Photo credit: Stephanie Hsu (lower photo)
The League of American Orchestras’ 2016 National Conference, “The Richness of Difference,” featured an address from civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson. Photo credit: Richard Lippenholz