A new podcast by Canton Symphony Orchestra

Season 2 Now Streaming

Season 2 of Orchestrating Change begins June 4th, 2021. New episodes will be released every Friday for ten weeks. The episodes will appear below.

Orchestrating change in our community.

Canton Symphony Orchestra knows the need for change within the orchestral community. The tradition of classical music has ignored many communities that have contributed to the development and canon of repertoire played in the concert hall. While Canton Symphony is a regional orchestra, change starts at the smallest level.

With “Orchestrating Change”, the Canton Symphony Orchestra hopes to facilitate conversations that will make the concert hall a more welcoming place for previously ignored communities as well as create more acceptance and diversity on the stage.


Be a platform for open discussion about diversity and inclusion in the orchestral community. 

  • Be a platform for Black, Latinx, Asian, female, and LGBTQAI+ musicians, composers and administrators as well as other ignored demographics.  
  • Educate our audience to issues surrounding diversity and inclusion and expose our current patrons to more music by Black, Latinx, female, Asian, and LGBTQAI+ musicians and composers.  
  • Bring new audiences to the orchestra by creating a more welcoming community that is reflective of the demographics in our Canton, Ohio community.  
  • Move the CSO forward to programming more diverse music as well as increasing diversity within the organization. 

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Rachel Hagemeier

Manager of Education and Community Engagement

Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz

Associate Conductor

Watch the trailer!

"Let's Begin at the End"

Orchestrating Change Theme
Performed By: 
– Derek Synder, Cello
– Tim Adams, Percussion
Composed By: Eric Gould
Mixed at Manhattan Sky Studios
This virtual recording brings together percussionist Timothy K. Adams, Chair of Percussion at the University of Georgia and Canton Symphony alumnus and Derek Snyder, cellist of the Nuevo Tango group Oblivion Project, Suzuki educator teacher based in Cleveland Ohio, and director of three youth orchestras at the Music Settlement.
The piece, entitled “Let’s Begin at the End” is both ending and prelude to the discussions that will ensue, and is inspired by the question asked so many times about the scarcity of representation among African-American composers in today’s musical landscape.  
Composed and virtually recorded amid the backdrop of the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak, this version of the musical segment uses a streamlined instrumentation focusing on cello and percussion.  Composer Eric Gould, Professor of Piano and former Chair of Jazz Composition at Berklee is the pianist in the trio, but takes a step back in this version for the sake of simplicity.

Eric Gould


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