CCO Diversity Initiative 2019-2021

The CCO was recently awarded a special grant from the NY State Council of the Arts (NYSCA) to help fund a brand new initiative to foster diversity.  Orchestras across the country have been working to find ways to help foster diversity in classical music, both in the audience and on stage.   We are truly thrilled that this new grant has enabled us to create an Arts Career Fellowship for Underrepresented Communities.

With the Eastman School of Music as a partner, our first Fellowship recipient was selected through an application/audition process from the student body at Eastman.  We are very pleased to introduce cellist BOUBACAR DIALLO as our first recipient. Boubacar will not only join us on stage for the Orchestral Series, he will also present some educational and community outreach programs and spend time learning about the administrative side of a professional orchestra. Boubacar grew up in the South Bronx after his family emigrated from west Africa.

The second Diversity Fellowship recipient was announced in January 2020.  ADRIAN JACKSON grew up in Austin, TX and had his first viola lesson in 9th grade.  He was accepted into the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy for his senior year before winning an audition for the Eastman School of Music, where he is now in his second year.  Adrian has been mentoring elementary string students at BJM elementary online as part of his fellowship.

We’re extremely grateful to NYSCA and their Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) for providing the funding to make this timely program possible.  The grant covers most, but not all costs, of this Diversity Fellowship and career grant program.  If you are interested in supporting the CCO’s initiatives in fostering diversity and inclusion both on and off stage, please contact our office.

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