Eric Booth and Lecolion Washington

Today’s rapidly evolving ecosystem offers orchestras opportunities to accelerate practices that put community and school partnerships at the center of our mission.

Join us for a 90-minute webinar that explores the current context for growing equitable participation and co-creation of musical experiences, in person and online. Discover how orchestras can collaborate with public education and community partners in fresh ways to offer social-emotional support and engagement during this prolonged period of isolation, and well beyond.

A panel of orchestra representatives and community partners will catalyze conversations within and across orchestra stakeholders to address both near- and long-term actions.

Facilitators: Eric Booth, Arts Learning Consultant; Lecolion Washington, Executive Director at the Community Music Center of Boston

Panelists: Hakeem Bilal, Assistant Professor of Trombone at West Virginia University; Charles Dickerson, Executive Director and Conductor at Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles / South Side Chicago Youth Orchestra; Paul Murphy, Co-founder of Decoda and Teaching Artist, New York Philharmonic; Myran Parker-Brass, Consultant and Former Executive Director for the Arts at Boston Public Schools; Suzanne M. Perrino, Senior VP of Learning and Community Engagement at Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Victor Sawyer, Senior Fellowship Coach, Memphis Music Initiative; Dalouge Smith, CEO at The Lewis Prize

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Please contact Member Services at member@americanorchestras.org.

This webinar was made possible by generous grants from American Express, the Baisley Powell Elebash Fund, Ford Motor Company Fund, the Howard Gilman Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Wallace Foundation, as well as supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Ford Motor Company Fund

The Wallace Foundation

NYC Cultural Affairs

Photos courtesy of the speakers.


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