June 1 - August 12

Participants will receive a $250.

Students will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 3 hours to create change in the following areas:

  • Quality and Accessible Music Education
  • Diversity in Music Organizations
  • Programming Diverse Concerts
  • Engaging New Audiences
  • and more!

A summer of innovation and change to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive future.

Application deadline extending to April 23rd!

The Orchestrating Change Leadership Program has been established to further the mission of the Orchestrating Change podcast by creating programming to realize change within the Canton Symphony and the field of classical music. Selected students will gather together Tuesdays and Thursdays June 1- August 12 to analyze the contents of the Orchestrating Change podcast and create real actionable change to be instituted at the Canton Symphony and beyond. Students will be tasked to create new programs, initiatives, educational projects and other relevant content to promote diversity and equity in the realm of classical music.

Along with this real-world programming experience, students will develop leadership and professional skills to take into the workforce. Students will attend lectures and Q&A sessions with podcast guests as well as other industry professionals. Then they will present in front of the CSO Board their final projects of the program and receive feedback from the board, staff, and other outside perspectives. 

Qualified candidates are students entering college in the Fall 2021 through those who will graduate in the Spring of 2021. Nominators should choose students from diverse backgrounds who are looking to create change in the field and have an attitude for innovation. 

This program is flexible and will plan to meet virtually to be as inclusive as possible for students. 

2021 Speakers

Jennifer Barlament - Executive Director, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Michelle Charles - President & CEO, Canton Symphony Orchestra
Rick Robinson - Composer and Creator of CutTime
Bryan Bowser - Program Director of Arts Management & Entrepreneurship, Baldwin Wallace University
Dashon Burton - Grammy Award winning operatic bass-baritone & member of Roomful of Teeth
LaFlovia “Flo” Ginanni - Director of Project Blueprint, United Way of Greater Stark County
Simon Woods - President & CEO, League of American Orchestras
Kelly Corcoran - Artistic Director, Intersection
Dr. Ana Abrantes - Director of Education, Sphinx Organization
Jessica Satava - Executive Director, Johnstown Symphony Orchestra
And MORE!

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