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Where are the Black musicians in the country's largest orchestras?

Added 09-29-22 05:07:02am EST - “In 2014, a study found that only 1.4% of orchestra musicians were Black. In 2022, it's hard to know if that number is better or worse.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Where are the Black musicians in the country's largest orchestras?”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2016. Jessica Rinaldi/Boston Globe/Getty Images hide caption

In 2014, the League of American Orchestras, a service organization representing professional and amateur symphony orchestras around the United States, published a study on diversity and found that only 1.4% of orchestra musicians were Black.

In 2022, it's hard to say if that figure has gotten better or worse, said Jennifer Arnold, a co-founder of the Black Orchestral Network. Arnold spent 15 seasons playing viola with the Oregon Symphony and now is director of artistic planning and operations for the Richmond Symphony.

Jennifer Arnold of the Black Orchestral Network is calling for more data - so they can figure out how many musicians in orchestras are Black. Jennifer Arnold hide caption

Jennifer Arnold of the Black Orchestral Network is calling for more data - so they can figure out how many musicians in orchestras are Black.

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