Prioritize racial and ethnic diversity within all HSO programming, and most urgently, increase racial diversity within the Masterworks concert series to the following annual minimum representation:
2 guest soloists of African American, Latinx or other ethnic minority background (there are 8 total guest soloists in a typical season)
1 guest conductor of African American, Latinx, other ethnic minority background (there are 3 total guest conductors in a typical season)
6 composers of African American, Latinx, Asian, other ethnic minority background (there are 9 concert programs in a typical season)
The 2020 summer season and 2020-21 concert season will be reprogrammed, when concerts resume, to consolidate racial and ethnic diversity, including a minimum of one African American or Latinx soloist, guest conductor or composer in each program (number of programs to be determined).
Online programming will feature greater racial and ethnic diversity among guest artists and collaborators, beginning with projects featuring pianist Michelle Cann and violinist Randall Goosby in July and August 2020.
HIRED African American soloists Michelle Cann (pianist) and Demarre McGill (flutist) for Masterworks concerts 4 and 6.
HIRED African American conductors Joesph Young and Jeri Lynne Johnson for Masterworks concerts 1 and 4.
PROGRAMMED pieces by Clarice Assad (Latinx) Wynton Marsalis (African American), Laura Karpman (female), Florence Price (African American), William Grant Still (African American), He/Chen (Chinese), and Ravi Shankar (Indian) on 2021-22 Masterworks season. All HSO education programs must include at least one piece written by a BIPOC composer.
2021-22 Masterworks season was reprogrammed to feature 6 African American, 1 Latinx, and 2 female composers, soloists, and conductors.