June 13 - July 1

Participants will receive a $250 stipend. This small financial contribution is meant to help students who rely on summer jobs.

Monday – Thursday, students will meet from 9am-2pm and on Fridays, 9am-12pm. They will discuss ways to create change in the following areas:

  • Quality and Accessible Music Education
  • Diversity in our Organizations
  • Diversity on our Stages
  • Funding Models
  • Engaging New Audiences

Nominations for the 2022 program will close February 25, 2022. With questions about the program email rhagemeier@cantonsymphony.org.

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

The Orchestrating Change Leadership Program was 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. In our 2021 program, we saw 10 undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds gather online to discuss issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of orchestral music, and receive leadership training as future professionals in the field. The 2021 cohort created an after-school music program that will be going into effect in southeast Canton beginning in 2022. Real change is being realized and we look forward to our 2022 cohort bringing the same level of excitement and forward momentum. 

The 2022 program will take place virtually June 13 – July 1. Monday – Thursday, students will meet from 9am-2pm and on Fridays, 9am-12pm. Students will 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 think creatively about the programs, initiatives, educational projects at CSO and create new ideas 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 2022 through those who will graduate in the Spring of 2022. Nominators should choose students from diverse backgrounds who are looking to create change in the field and have an attitude for innovation. Each participant will receive a $250 stipend for their participation in the program. This small financial contribution is meant to help students who rely on summer jobs.

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

2021 OCLP Class

Elyssa Allen

University of Pittsburgh Class of 24′

BS in Environmental Science, BA in Music Performance -Viola Primary, and BA in French Language

My name is Elyssa Allen and I have been playing the viola for thirteen years. I am continuing my studies at the University of Pittsburgh as a rising sophomore focusing on Environmental Science, French Language, and Music Performance. Social change is very important to me, particularly how to foster equity amidst our climate crisis. As a part of this leadership program, I am most excited to discuss educational opportunities for younger students of varying economic statuses and ethnic backgrounds.

Halle Robinson

University of Mount Union Class of 21′

Bachelor of Arts in Music – Flute Primary, Japanese Minor

As an arts practitioner, I have always had a strong passion for music, particularly from the time I was a toddler. I believe my personal calling in the career path set before me is to share my musical skills and talents for listening pleasure through the means of publicly performing, as well as to become an enthusiastic advocate for classical music and the undeniably positively powerful impact it has on the fine arts and on the general public. What I’m most excited about for this summer program is collaborating with other like-minded musicians on ways we can change and even improve the overall dynamic of the orchestral world. I’m extremely interested in hearing and seeing how all of our unique, individual ideas will each contribute something important to immensely benefit orchestral programs in the present day for everyone to enjoy.

Samaria Hill

University of Akron Class of 25′

BM of Music Education – Classical Guitar Primary

I am a recent graduate of McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio and a classical guitarist going into the Music Education field. I am most excited to learn more about how we can make our classrooms and stages more diverse. As well as coming up with ideas on how to do so.

Valerie Mathis

Cleveland State University Class of 21′

BA of Music – Vocal Primary

My passion is music and bringing happiness and joy through all aspects of music. I have been performing since I was 6yrs old and finally took the leap to pursue my dream and graduated with a degree in music. I’m most excited to meet with like minded people who all want the same thing; making music accessible for all and creating an environment that’s safe and fosters creativity… amongst other things.

Irene Guggenheim-Triana

The Ohio State University Class of 22′

Bachelors of Music Education – Flute Primary, certificate in Educational Ethics and Social Justice

I am a rising fourth-year instrumental music education major at The Ohio State University; hailing originally from Takoma Park, Maryland. At Ohio State, I am studying flute with Katherine Borst Jones, and am active in the leadership for the university’s chapters of NAfME Collegiate and the Sigma Alpha Iota international women’s music fraternity. I am also currently completing a certificate in Educational Ethics and Social Justice. I am very much looking forward to learning from both the presenters as well as the program design experiences, with the goal of developing the skillsets to make my future classroom a safe, healthy, and happy place for all of my students.

Emma Fleischaker

Capital University Class of 23′

Instrumental Music Education – Trombone Primary

I am a junior at Capital University studying music education. I play trombone and am an alumna of the Canton Youth Symphony program. I want to see symphony audiences grow and I hope others will enjoy the same experiences that have inspired me to pursue music as a career. This program is an opportunity for me to give back to the symphony and help it grow.

Abbi Huff

Capital University Class of 24′

BM of Music Industry, Clarinet Primary

My name is Abbi Huff and I am from Cuyahoga Falls, OH. I am a Music Industry student at Capital University and study Clarinet in the Conservatory of Music. I am excited to learn more about the field of Arts Management from the industry professionals through this program and meet other people my age who share the same career aspirations as me.

Sarah Carter

Baldwin Wallace University Class of 23′

BM in Music Composition and Arts Management – Flute Primary, Public History Minor

My name is Sarah Carter and I am so excited to be a part of the Canton Symphony’s Orchestrating Change Leadership Program this summer! Originally, I am from Lone Tree, Colorado but I currently attend Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio where I am dual majoring in Music Composition and Arts Management with a minor in Public History. As a participant in the Orchestrating Change Leadership Program, I am really eager to discover how I, as a future arts manager, can help to break down barriers that prevent diverse voices from being heard in the classical music world. I’m especially eager to learn about how funding models can be expanded beyond traditional donor bases so that a wider range of voices can have the power to help direct the future of classical music.

Eva Reyes-Smith

Miami University Class of 21′

BA of Music Education – Double Bass Primary

I am a recent graduate of Miami University with a degree in Music Education. I am most excited about discussing topics relevant to inclusion and diversity in the music industry. I want to be able to provide the most inclusive environment for my future students, as well as help change and promote diversity throughout the industry itself. We need music and music programs alike to be representative of its unique and diverse creators. I look forward to discussing the emotional, political, and newfound ideas of music and its creators.

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