our INITIATIVEs

Tiffany Chang:
Conductor as CEO

Did you know that according to a study, job satisfaction rates for orchestral musicians consistently rank below that of prison guards?

I take ideas that have proven successful for CEOs in other industries and share how we may apply it to our work as conductors and arts leaders.

I imagine a world where organizations help people thrive feeling more fulfilled at work knowing that their work matters.

I encourage us to:.

  • Reconsider how we lead, serve, hire, motivate musicians

  • Discover why we might feel unfulfilled in our work

  • See the world differently through others' eyes

  • Explore the relevance of other fields on ours 

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Verena Lucia Anders:
Symphonic Revolution ATL

Symphonic Revolution seeks to mitigate the elitism associated with classical music.  By providing a relaxed environment without rules and dress codes, Symphonic Revolution will invite people into the experience of music.  SR is also socially representative of the demographics of the Atlanta metro are, and we strive to program music relevant to our communities.

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Music EDIcation Series

Long-term and lasting change in the orchestral world starts with early childhood education.

We believe that our country is full of incredible potential from young students who need resources and support.

Our Music EDIcation Series is dedicated to showcasing organizations and individuals that are committed to the limitless potential of our country’s students.

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Joseph Jones:
Podcast - Music of the Unsung

This podcast will showcase smaller budget professional orchestras and soloists who are doing important work, particularly in terms of outreach and EDI, but who are often overlooked or under-supported because of their small budgets and systemic bias in the classical music field.

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Rachel Waddell:
Reflective Stages

What would it take to truly create an orchestra that is representative of, and aligns and allies with its community?

The Reflective Stages Project is a four-year initiative studying the demographics of the University of Rochester Orchestras' members, programming, and audience. Over four years, we hope to gradually mirror our university community and the community of the city of Rochester.

Through thoughtful programming, listening, conversations, and reflexivity, we hope to create an orchestra program that truly is representative of, and serves, the people of Rochester.

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Intentional Programming Webinar

In this webinar, we speak with music directors, composers, and teachers from different backgrounds and experiences to gain insight on how to build an authentically relevant music program or concert. We will discuss resources (how to find new repertoire), how to be sensitive to the identities your musicians and audience, and how to begin to take action and implement these ideas even when confronted with challenges.

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