Canton Symphony podcast episode to feature conductor Jeri Lynne Johnson

Posted on: February 1, 2022

The Canton Symphony Orchestra has posted the latest episode in its “Orchestrating Change” podcast, an hourlong conversation with Jeri Lynne Johnson, founder and artistic director of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra in Philadelphia and founder of DEI Arts Consulting, which helps arts organizations to better serve diverse communities. The podcast is hosted by Canton Symphony Orchestra Associate Conductor Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz and Manager of Education and Community Engagement Rachel Hagemeier. Johnson founded Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra in 2008 with the goal of being a model for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the orchestral industry as a racially diverse ensemble performing for a racially diverse audience. The Canton Symphony’s “Orchestrating Change” podcast, in its third season, aims 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. For more information about the podcast, visit or