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Diversity in American Orchestras

Diversity in American Orchestras

The Phil's Joshua Worby Joins the Important Discussion

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The Phil's June 19 concert is not the first time that a diverse mix of artists have taken the stage. In fact, the Westchester Philharmonic is setting a new standard for how mid-size regional symphony orchestras can have an impact on the face of classical music. According to Executive and Artistic Director Josh Worby "There's a mythology surrounding classical music that we can no longer allow to continue, and that means taking concrete steps and sustaining the effort over time."

Just last month, Josh took part in a series of important round-table discussions on "Diversifying Orchestral Music in New York State: New Approaches and Strategies" at the New York State Council on the Arts. Key industry leaders from the Mellon Foundation, Juilliard, League of American Orchestras and New York Philharmonic, to name a few, met to attempt to better understand how classical music organizations can affect change and to identify approaches to addressing diversity needs within our industry.


Concrete action steps across the industry are slowly developing but the Philharmonic is proud that it has exemplified some of the solutions for many years, and is honored to be part of this important discussion.

Recent related press featuring the Westchester Philharmonic:

Executive & Artistic Director Joshua Worby Nominated for Diversity Award
Westchester & Fairfield County Business Journal, December 19, 2016

Leading the Orchestra, an Outsider Invited In
Philip Lutz, The New York Times, June 17, 2016

Philharmonic season ends with Brahms, Father's Day BBQ
Jonathan Bandler, The Journal News, June 20, 2016