Breaking the language barrier: orchestras add multilingual websites and resources

Posted on: January 3, 2022

“With inclusion and engagement becoming major themes in the outreach missions of many American orchestras, an increasing number are now serving their multilingual, especially Spanish-speaking, constituencies with more determination and resources,” writes Laurence Vittes in the January-February issue of Strings magazine. “Orchestras are approaching these audiences through multilingual websites, artist and repertoire choices, and outreach activities…. The Los Angeles Philharmonic has … a multilingual website that sets the gold standard for good looks and usability…. The Dallas Symphony and Tucson Symphony have put up similarly impressive multilingual sites…. The California Symphony, based in Walnut Creek, California, hosts a multilingual website that helps support its El Sistema–based program at a predominantly Hispanic elementary school.… The New York Philharmonic … provides bilingual lesson plans and videos on its Teaching Artists page…. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is an example of how artist and repertoire choices can appeal to local and active Spanish-speaking populations…. The Chicago Sinfonietta has been reaching out to 77 community areas through its Project Inclusion initiative for developing diverse and emerging talent since 2008…. The Pacific Symphony in Costa Mesa, California, is in the process of launching a new multilingual website … available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese.”