Nashville Symphony to address orchestra diversity with new education program

Posted on: September 29, 2015

“The Nashville Symphony on Monday announced the launch of a new initiative to aid talented young musicians from diverse backgrounds in pursuing music in college and beyond,” writes Nate Rau in Monday’s (9/28) Tennessean (Nashville). The Accelerando initiative “will provide intensive music instruction and training to promising music students in grades 5-12…. ‘American orchestras today do not typically reflect the rich diversity of their communities,’ Nashville Symphony President Alan Valentine said. ‘The ultimate goal of the Accelerando program is to build a pipeline of talented musicians who will form the next generation of American orchestra musicians.’ … Valentine was joined at a press event on Monday by Giancarlo Guerrero, the symphony’s music director, along with representatives from Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Conexion Americas and Choral Arts Link…. In addition to education and training, Nashville Symphony conductors, musicians and staff will offer students instruction, mentors, performance experience and assistance with applications to music schools. Accelerando kicks off in 2016, with informational meetings for prospective students and families.” Said Valentine, “We hope to make a meaningful impact on our community and, ultimately, on orchestras across the country.”

Posted September 29, 2015