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Coda: An American in Odessa

American conductor Hobart Earle, music director of the Odessa Philharmonic for two decades, offers an insider’s perspective on musical life in Ukraine—before and during the Russian invasion.

Where Do We Stand?

Conductors of Western classical orchestras have almost all been White men. Few American orchestras put a Black music director on the podium, and many Black musical artists had to head to Europe to build careers. That’s changing—but are things moving far enough, fast enough?