Marianne Rice appointed to new position at Jacksonville Symphony: VP of education and diversity, equity, and inclusion

Posted on: December 16, 2021

Florida’s Jacksonville Symphony has appointed MARIANNE RICE to the newly created position of vice president of education and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Rice was previously the orchestra’s director of music education and community engagement; she joined the Jacksonville Symphony in October 2020 after a gift from Lori Doolittle endowed the music education and community engagement directorship. The new vice president position was added after the symphony created its first diversity, equity, and inclusion task force. Rice worked at Duval County Public Schools, where she taught all grade levels, designed and implemented curricula, and worked with the performing arts to create education programs. She holds a bachelor of arts in English from Benedict College and master’s degrees from Norfolk State University (music education) and Old Dominion University (secondary education). Rice served as an education program specialist for Dr. Marlena Smalls and the Hallelujah Singers of Beaufort, South Carolina, and published Music Education Through Gullah: The Legacy of a Forgotten Genre.