Investing in music education is the only way to increase diversity at the Albany Symphony Orchestra
Albany Symphony Orchestra management’s welfare initiatives fail to address the root cause of the stated problem (“Symphony Trying to End Shortage of Black Musicians,” April 3). New York’s top orchestras are proving that blind auditions win co-workers of color top jobs. Thanks to blind auditions, the ASO has 45 women out of 70 players. Racial balance will only follow if auditions include a more diverse pool.
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education states, “Across the country, approximately 6% of all students who graduate with a Bachelor of Music degree are black. (All music degrees.) Until that number increases, audition pools will remain less diverse.