This season, we will be welcoming 10 guests with dynamic, passionate, and experienced perspectives in the world of classical music. We will discuss their experiences and insight within the industry and how it has affected them while exploring ideas regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion. All voices and perspectives are welcome.
New episodes will be released every other Friday starting on January 14th at 6:00am. There will be 11 in total, with 10 featuring one of the guests listed below and the final being a panel discussion of the season.
You may watch them on YouTube or listen on your favorite streaming service. Not available on the one you prefer? Let us know and we will see if we can make it happen.
January 14th, 2022
MJ Albacete is a native Cantonian who has spent his entire professional career with the Canton Museum of Art.. He is a lifelong patron of the Canton Symphony, and has been a loyal subscriber for over 45 years years.
January 28th, 2022
Jeri Lynne Johnson is the founder and artistic director of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra in Philadelphia. For over a decade, Black Pearl has been a model for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the orchestral industry as a racially diverse ensemble performing for a racially diverse audience
February 11th, 2022
Jazmin Morales, Assistant Director of the Center for Innovation and Community Impact at the Colburn School, a prestigious conservatory in Los Angeles. She is the founder of Fortissima, an artistic leadership development program for women of color in Classical music.
February 25th, 2022
For the first time in our podcast’s history, we will welcome two guests: Jules Biber and Kallie Sugatski from ChamberQUEER, an LGBTQ+ chamber music organization in New York City dedicated to presenting and performing queer composers and musicians and highlighting historical queer figures in Classical music.
March 11th, 2022
Joshua Thomas is the Vice President of External Affairs at the Philly POPS. He joined the Philly POPS in 2019 as their Senior Manager of Development, having previously worked in administrative roles at the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.
March 25th, 2022
Originally trained in the world of music education, Chang holds positions at both Oberlin Conservatory and Berklee College of Music, and previously served as interim director of orchestras at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and Boston University.
April 8th, 2022
Quinn Mason, a conductor and composer based in Dallas, Texas. Writing for orchestra, wind ensemble, chamber ensembles, and more, Quinn has had his compositions played all over the world by ensembles such as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony.
April 22nd, 2022
Tiffany Kinnard-Payton is the Dean of Students at Walsh University here in Canton. She is an alumna of Walsh, and has spent nearly fifteen years working in the offices of residential life, student conduct, and multicultural affairs in addition to her current position. Recently, she joined the board of Canton Symphony Orchestra.
May 6th, 2022
Puerto Rican-born composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón writes music for accordions, robotic instruments, toys, and electronics as well as for chamber ensembles, orchestras, choir, and film. Upcoming premieres include works for the Seattle Symphony, LA Philharmonic, Louisville Orchestra and NY Philharmonic Project 19 initiative and multiple performances at Big Ears Festival 2022.
May 20th, 2022
We sat down with three members of the Minnesota Orchestra’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, Beth Kellar-Long (Vice President of Orchestra Administration), Sam Bergman (violist), and Yvonne Cheek (board member). Their committee was formed in 2015 after the orchestra went on a transformative tour to Cuba, and their work has led to impactful change in the organization.
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