Cincinnati Symphony and CCM announce Diversity Fellowship Program achievements 

Posted on: August 2, 2022

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music have announced recent successes of its CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship Program, established in 2015 with a grant from The Mellon Foundation. Four CSO/CCM Diversity Fellows have obtained full-time positions with American orchestras for the 2022-23 season; additional Diversity Fellows accomplishments include careers in music education, social change, and orchestral administration. To date, 28 musicians have participated in the program. Emilio Carlo, violist and Diversity Fellow from 2016-18, has accepted a one-year contract with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for 2022-23. Luis Celis, bassist and Diversity Fellow from 2021-22, was hired as a Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra bass. Dan Wang, violist and Diversity Fellow from 2017-19, obtained a position as a Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra viola. Denielle Wilson, cellist and Diversity Fellow from 2019-21, has accepted a one-year position with the cello section of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Blake-Anthony Johnson, cellist and Diversity Fellow from 2016-17, was appointed as CEO of the Chicago Sinfonietta in 2020. Ian Saunders, bassist and Diversity Fellow from 2017-19, became assistant dean of artistic and social change at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts; in March 2022, Saunders joined the String Training Education Program as artistic director. CCM and the CSO begin accepting applications for the 2023-25 class on September 1, 2022. Additional information at https://ccm.uc.edu/admissions-and-aid/fellowships/cso-ccm-diversity-fellowship.html.