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Confronting Anti-Black Racism in American Orchestras
In light of the current Black Lives Matter movement, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is committed to examining its history of inaction to effectively confront the racist systems and structures that have long oppressed and marginalized Black musicians, composers, and communities. This process starts with listening to the lived experiences of Black artists who have faced such racism both on and off the stage.

Join renowned violinist and recent HSO guest artist Randall Goosby, along with other nationally-recognized artists and arts administrators, for a wide-ranging discussion on the Black experience in the orchestral field, and for an exploration on how the HSO can help make our art form more equitable and inclusive.


Aaron Flagg: Chair and Associate Director, Julliard Jazz; Secretary of the board and chair of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee for the League of American Orchestras; Former dean and professor at The Hartt School, the University of Hartford

Randall Goosby: Violinist Randall Mitsuo Goosby (23), has appeared as guest soloist with numerous orchestras throughout the United States since winning First Prize at the Annual Sphinx Concerto Competition in 2010 at age 13. He appeared with the HSO in January, 2020 for The Four Seasons.

Angela Griffin: K-12 Director of Music & Performing Arts for the Simsbury Public School District; Member of the HSO Board of Directors

Calida N. Jones: Assistant Director Education & Engagement at The Hartt School; Managing Partner CNJ Associates

Jolie Rocke, DMA: Soprano; arts educator; founder and partner, Equity Arts Enterprises LLC; former Hartford music teacher; former visiting professor Texas Southern University and Prairie View A&M University; member Alumni Board of Directors and Chair of Alumni of Color Taskforce for University of Hartford

Carlvin Sanon: Production and Library Manager, Julliard School's Jazz Studies Department
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