Importance of Perspective with Kelly Corcoran

Today on Orchestrating Change, Kelly Corcoran leads us in a conversation about the perspectives of audiences and musicians in the field of classical music. She pushes us to see a possible future where tradition is honored and the future is embraced by diverse audiences and musicians. How can the field of orchestral music keep relevance in today’s times and how do we engage in music in our everyday lives in a way that will allow us to embrace the future of orchestral music? 

Kelly Corcoran

Named “Best Classical Conductor” in 2015 by the Nashville Scene, Kelly Corcoran is a passionate advocate for the robust place of classical music in our lives and the lives of future generations.   Corcoran is Artistic Director of Intersection, a contemporary music ensemble dedicated to redefining the traditional concert experience with concerts for all ages.  Corcoran conducted the Nashville Symphony for nine seasons both as Associate Conductor and Director of the Symphony Chorus where she conducted the orchestra in hundreds of performances.   Corcoran has appeared as a guest conductor with many major orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, the Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, and National Symphonies, often with return engagements. Abroad, Corcoran has appeared with orchestras in Argentina, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Spain, Mexico and Chile.   Corcoran has worked with a range of artists such as Bela Fleck, Leslie Odom Jr., Chris Botti and Amy Grant, film scores in concert, and as a regular conductor with The Legend of Zelda and National Geographic’s Symphony for our World tours.  Corcoran graduated from the Boston Conservatory (BM) and Indiana University (MM). Her primary mentors are Leonard Slatkin and Marin Alsop.  She also focused on contemporary literature with Pierre Boulez at the Lucerne Festival.   She’s a proud alum of the Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship. Corcoran serves on the music faculty of Middle Tennessee State University and Lipscomb University and is also pursuing a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Alabama Birmingham.

Important Definitions and Links

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Intersection – Intersection is a flexible contemporary music ensemble dedicated to challenging the traditional concert experience, exploring music of the 20th and 21st centuries, supporting living composers, presenting programs for younger audiences, embracing collaboration, technology and the avant-garde, while expanding, respecting and embracing the musical and cultural diversity of Nashville.

EDI (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion)

  • Equity seeks to ensure fair treatment, equality of opportunity and fairness in access to information and resources for all. 
  • Diversity is the representation of all our varied identities and differences (race, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, tribe, caste, socio-economic status, thinking and communication styles, etc.), collectively and as individuals. 
  • Inclusion builds a culture of belonging by actively inviting the contribution and participation of all people. We believe every person’s voice adds value, and we strive to create balance in the face of power differences. We believe that no one person can or should be called upon to represent an entire community.


Mansplaining is, at its core, a very specific thing. It’s what occurs when a man talks condescendingly to someone (especially a woman) about something he has incomplete knowledge of, with the mistaken assumption that he knows more about it than the person he’s talking to does.

Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs

are institutions of higher education in the United States that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African-American community. Most of these institutions were founded in the years after the American Civil War and are concentrated in the Southern United States. During the period of segregation in the United States prior to the Civil Rights Act, the overwhelming majority of higher education institutions were predominantly white and completely disqualified or limited African-American enrollment. For a century after the end of slavery in the United States in 1865, most colleges and universities in the Southern United States prohibited all African Americans from attending, while institutions in other parts of the country regularly employed quotas to limit admissions of African-American students.

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