The League of American Orchestras conference is coming to Chicago! CYSO will appear with alumni Anthony McGill (Principal clarinet New York Philharmonic) and Demarre McGill (Principal flute, Seattle Symphony) at this session on building inclusive and equitable professional orchestras. The session will feature a world premiere double concerto from Michael Abels (Get Out) performed by the McGills and CYSO’s Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Music Director Allen Tinkham, followed by an interview with the McGills, and a performance of Barber’s Symphony no. 1 by Symphony Orchestra. The session will also open with a special performance by the young musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Percussion Scholarship Group.
This event is open to League of American Orchestras conference attendees, invited guests, and the CYSO community.
Read the full session description here:
While the road to success for every professional orchestral musician is unique, the journey to mastery requires an incredible network of devoted teachers, mentors, and advocates, as well as a field that is ready to welcome and retain the emerging talent. This comprehensive community of support is critical to unlocking the potential of young musicians of color and creating a more equitable environment at all stages of the musical and career development. In this session, we invite you to consider: What does an inclusive and equitable American orchestral landscape look like, and what roles can youth and professional orchestras play in enhancing and supporting a diverse talent pipeline?
We will look at the current pathway to professional careers in orchestras; how the ecosystem of music education and training presents opportunities and barriers to success; and the essential role that all orchestras can play in this continuum. In a conversation moderated by Jery Lynne Johnson (Founder and Artistic Director of Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra), we’ll hear from Anthony McGill (Principal Clarinet, New York Philharmonic) and Demarre McGill (Principal Flute, Seattle Symphony) about their musical training and career development, and how professional orchestras, youth orchestras, and music education organizations can work together to strengthen the pipeline and the pathway to an inclusive and equitable orchestra field.
The session will feature the world premiere of a double concerto by Michael Abels, composer of the score to the film, Get Out. It will be performed by Anthony McGill and Demarre McGill with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, conducted by Allen Tinkham, CYSO Music Director.
Speakers: Anthony McGill, principal clarinet, New York Philharmonic; Demarre McGill, principal flute, Seattle Symphony
Moderator: Jeri Lynne Johnson, founder and artistic director, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Percussion Scholarship Group
Ivan Trevino – Catching Shadows
Patricia Dash and Douglas Waddell, Directors
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras
Michael Abels – Winged Creatures (world premiere)
Samuel Barber – Symphony No. 1 in One Movement, op. 9
Allen Tinkham, Music Director
Demarre McGill, Flute
Anthony McGill, Clarinet
Made possible by generous grants from The Joyce Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.