• 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.

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