At Chicago Philharmonic, diversity is a priority

Posted on: March 31, 2022

“The new executive director of the Chicago Philharmonic Society is aiming to highlight diverse voices on stage and behind the scenes,” reports Gaynor Hall on Sunday’s (3/27) WGNTV (Chicago). “On stage at the Harris Theater, Scott Speck was fine-tuning a final rehearsal before their upcoming concert, Fanfare Chicago. Terell Johnson became the Philharmonic’s executive director last summer. ‘Fanfare Chicago is a combination of two world premieres and an American premiere. We have the Pulitzer Prize- and Grammy-winning composer Jennifer Higdon, who will be premiering her mandolin concerto,’ Johnson said…. Johnson’s own musical journey started first with piano, then clarinet performance and now arts administration. ‘I … want to show people that there’s no limits if you want to be on stage participating, if you want to be behind the scenes curating an organization. We definitely want to be as inclusive as possible. So I’m really privileged to be in this position to be an example of the change that’s possible,’ Johnson said. The Philharmonic was just awarded a $75,000 [Catalyst Fund Incubator] grant from the League of American Orchestras to work on ways on creating a more equitable culture in the arts at all levels.” Learn more about the League’s Catalyst Fund Incubator program.